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Health-enhancing physical activity behaviour and related factors in postpartum women with recent gestational diabetes mellitus

Koh, Denise , Miller, Yvette D., Marshall, Alison L., Brown, Wendy J., & McIntyre, David (2009) Health-enhancing physical activity behaviour and related factors in postpartum women with recent gestational diabetes mellitus. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

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Abstract

This is one of the first studies to explore known preventive behaviours for type 2 diabetes (T2DM) among women with recent gestational diabetes (GDM), and the first to do so in a representative population sample. The aim of this study was to describe the prevalence of health-enhancing physical activity (PA) and explore its association with psychosocial and sociodemographic factors, in postnatal women with recent GDM. Cross-sectional telephone surveys were conducted among Queensland women with a recent history (≥6 months and ≤3 years since diagnosis) of GDM (N = 331), which included measures on PA behaviour, social support and self-efficacy for regular PA. The prevalence of health-enhancing PA among women with recent GDM was 37.2%. In multivariate analysis, both social support (OR = 1.06, 95% CI 1.03–1.09) and self-efficacy (OR = 1.04, 95% CI 1.004–1.07) were significantly associated with health-enhancing PA. The findings from this study demonstrate the need for postnatal follow-up to increase PA levels in women with recent GDM as this may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in this at-risk population. Strategies that address social support and self-efficacy for PA may be effective in increasing health-enhancing PA among women with recent GDM.

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ID Code: 19081
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Gestational diabetes, Motor activity, Women's health, Public health, Predictors of physical activity, Prevalence of physical activity
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2008.10.003
ISSN: 1440-2440
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health and Community Services (111708)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Primary Health Care (111717)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier
Deposited On: 24 Apr 2009 12:58
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2014 09:25

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