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International Journal of Pediatrics
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 328318, 6 pages
Research Article

Physical Activity in Adolescent Females with Type 1 Diabetes

Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, The Children's Hospital Aurora, University of Colorado Denver, CO 80045, USA

Received 6 January 2010; Revised 2 April 2010; Accepted 17 May 2010

Academic Editor: Lars B. Andersen

Copyright © 2010 Bahareh Schweiger et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. We sought to identify amount of physical activity and relationship of physical activity to glycemic control among adolescent females 11 to 19 years of age with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). We also sought to evaluate associations of age and ethnicity with physical activity levels. Research Design and Methods. Adolescent females ages 11–19 years ( ) were recruited during their outpatient diabetes appointment. Physical activity was obtained by self-report and was categorized as the number of days subjects had accumulated 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity during the past 7 days and for a typical week. Results. Girls reported being physically active for at least 60 minutes per day on days in the last week, and on days in a typical week. A greater number of physically active days in a typical week were associated with lower A1c ( ) in linear regression analysis. Conclusion. Adolescent females with T1DM report exercising for at least 60 minutes about 3 days per week, which does not meet the international recommendations of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity per day. It is particularly important that adolescent girls with T1DM be encouraged to exercise since a greater number of physically active days per week is associated with better glycemic control.