Active diabetes patients 'at lower risk of mortality'

7 August 2012

Diabetes patients who do a lot of physical activity may have a lower risk of death, a new study suggests.

Higher levels of physical activity were related to lower risk of death in patients with diabetes, according to a report published in the journal the Archives of Internal Medicine.

In a meta-analysis of 12 studies, higher levels of total physical activity, leisure-time physical activity and walking were linked to a lower risk of total and cardiovascular disease mortality.

"In the prospective analysis, people who reported being moderately physically active had lower mortality risk compared with those who reported being physically inactive," the study's authors explained.

In comparison with patients who were physically inactive, the lowest mortality risk was found in individuals with moderately active lifestyles.

Furthermore, leisure-time physical activity, which includes cycling, gardening and household work, was also associated with lower total mortality risk. In addition, walking was found to be linked to lower CVD death risk.

Posted by Edward Bartel

Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...



© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)