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Prognostic effect of exercise capacity on mortality in older adults with diabetes mellitus.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20929462     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prognostic effect of exercise capacity in older individuals with diabetes mellitus.
DESIGN: Retrospective data review in a clinic-based cohort.
SETTING: Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Washington, District of Columbia, and Palo Alto, California.
PARTICIPANTS: Two thousand eight hundred sixty-seven men aged 50 to 87 with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
MEASUREMENTS: Exercise tolerance testing with fitness categories based on peak metabolic equivalents of task (METs) achieved adjusted for age. All-cause mortality in age groups 50 to 65 (Group 1; n=1,658) and older than 65 (Group 2; n=1,209) was analyzed using adjusted Cox proportional hazards models.
RESULTS: After a mean ± standard deviation follow-up period of 7.8 ± 5.1 years, there were 324 deaths in Group 1 (20%) and 464 in Group 2 (38%). For each 1-MET increase in exercise capacity, mortality was 18% lower for the entire cohort (hazard ratio (HR)=0.82, 95% confidence interval (CI)=0.79-0.86), 23% lower for Group 1 (HR=0.77, 95% CI=0.73-0.82), and 16% lower for Group 2 (HR=0.84, 95% CI=0.8-0.89). When fitness categories were considered, the mortality risk was 30% to 80% lower for those who achieved more than 4 METs in both age groups.
CONCLUSION: Augmented exercise capacity is associated with lower risk of mortality in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus aged 50 to 65 as well as in those older than 65. Thus, physical fitness, as represented by exercise capacity, lowers mortality risk in people with diabetes mellitus irrespective of age. These findings suggest that healthcare providers should be cognizant of the level of exercise capacity in individual patients and encourage a physically active lifestyle regardless of age.
Eric S Nylen; Peter Kokkinos; Jonathan Myers; Charles Faselis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Multicenter Study    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society     Volume:  58     ISSN:  1532-5415     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Geriatr Soc     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-08     Completed Date:  2010-10-28     Revised Date:  2011-04-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503062     Medline TA:  J Am Geriatr Soc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1850-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2010, Copyright the Authors. Journal compilation © 2010, The American Geriatrics Society.
Department of Endocrinology, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, DC 20422, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
California / epidemiology
Cause of Death / trends
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / mortality*,  physiopathology,  rehabilitation
Disability Evaluation
District of Columbia / epidemiology
Exercise Test
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Exercise Tolerance / physiology*
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Physical Fitness / physiology*
Retrospective Studies
Survival Rate / trends
Comment In:
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Mar;59(3):557   [PMID:  21391951 ]

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