Type 1 diabetes is a common chronic condition in children and young people and its prevalence is increasing worldwide. Paediatric patients with Type 1 diabetes can have poorer health and overall quality of life than their non-diabetic peers and some studies suggest that they may be less active than their non-diabetic peers. Regular physical activity has many potential health benefits for any young person but can also benefit areas of health specifically important for those with Type 1 diabetes. In addition being regularly active can reduce the risk of developing diabetic complications. Promoting physical activity participation in this population is important due to the potential health benefits that can be gained. Limited research has investigated the effectiveness of physical activity intervention in this group. It is therefore necessary for physical activity interventions targeting this group to be developed.
MacMillan, Freya; Kirk, Alison; and Mutrie, Nanette
"Physical Activity Behaviour of Paediatric Patients with Type 1 Diabetes,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 5
, Article 45.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol5/iss2/45