Patients With Diabetes and Depression May Need Additional Support for Exercise

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Objective: To examine the association between depressive symptoms and exercise-related variables among patients with type 2 diabetes. Methods: Surveys were completed by 207 primary care patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (52% female; 95% white; mean age = 63 years). Multiple linear regression analyses were conducted. Results: Lower use of relapse prevention behavior was significantly associated with higher depression scores in a multivariate model. Conclusions: Patients with diabetes and depression have barriers to exercise (eg, fewer skills for relapse prevention) and may require additional support for exercise initiation and maintenance.

Keywords: depression; diabetes; exercise; exercise self-efficacy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN. 2: School of Nursing, Stony Brook, State University of New York, Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY. 3: Associate Professor of Psychology 4: Division of Biostatistics 5: Patient Education Medical Director, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Publication date: July 1, 2006

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