Journal of Aging Research

Aging and Type 2 Diabetes: Consequences for Motor Control, Musculoskeletal Function, and Whole-Body Movement


Publishing date
22 Feb 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
05 Oct 2012

Lead Editor

1Institute for Biomedical Research into Human Movement and Health, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH, UK

2Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR), Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL 60064, USA

3Crews, Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR), Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL 60064, USA

4Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH, UK


Aging and Type 2 Diabetes: Consequences for Motor Control, Musculoskeletal Function, and Whole-Body Movement

Description

Type 2 diabetes is associated with lifestyle factors such as poor diet and limited physical activity. Risk for the disease also increases with advancing age, and this association is exemplified by data showing that 27% of US residents aged over 65 years had type 2 diabetes compared to 11% of people aged over 20 years.

Diabetes causes a number of complications that negatively impact the musculoskeletal system and the individual's capacity to perform a number of physical activities, such as walking or sitting. Diabetes leads to diminished physical capacity through a number of mechanisms such as muscle weakness, limited joint range of motion, and damage to peripheral nerves (neuropathy). Persons affected tend to walk more slowly, many gait parameters show increased variability, and the likelihood of falling is increased. Complications affecting the feet such as deformities, ulcerations, and amputations are also commonly experienced.

Further studies are essential for gaining a more complete understanding of the problems presented by these complications for people with type 2 diabetes and providing appropriate targets for interventions. This is particularly pertinent considering the increasing age of global populations and the predicted rise in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes.

We therefore invite investigators to contribute original research as well as review articles that provide further insight into the musculoskeletal complications, motor control impairment, and gait dysfunction associated with type 2 diabetes. Articles could relate to one or more components of the musculoskeletal or neuromuscular systems, or could involve whole-body movement and performance issues. Articles investigating the effects of various therapeutic interventions are also particularly welcome. Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Biomechanical topics surrounding the area of gait and human movement in people with type 2 diabetes
  • Impaired cognitive function as an intermediary between type 2 diabetes and gait dysfunction/falls
  • Tendon, skeletal muscle, and connective tissue adaptations with type 2 diabetes
  • Use of therapeutic footwear, braces, and other devices for improving gait or other activities of daily living that are compromised by type 2 diabetes
  • Secondary complications attributable to decreased physical activity in individuals with type 2 diabetes, and interventions to increase physical activity

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 508756
  • - Editorial

Aging and Type 2 Diabetes: Consequences for Motor Control, Musculoskeletal Function, and Whole-Body Movement

Neil D. Reeves | Bijan Najafi | ... | Frank L. Bowling
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 342650
  • - Review Article

A Growing Troubling Triad: Diabetes, Aging, and Falls

Ryan T. Crews | Sai V. Yalla | ... | Stephanie C. Wu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 284635
  • - Review Article

Resistance Training and Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Strength of the Evidence

Nina Hovanec | Anuradha Sawant | ... | Anthony A. Vandervoort
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 954378
  • - Research Article

Validity and Reliability of Accelerometer-Based Gait Assessment in Patients with Diabetes on Challenging Surfaces

Eling D. de Bruin | Michèle Hubli | ... | Wiebren Zijlstra
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 140968
  • - Clinical Study

Plantar Temperature Response to Walking in Diabetes with and without Acute Charcot: The Charcot Activity Response Test

Bijan Najafi | James S. Wrobel | ... | David G. Armstrong
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 797218
  • - Review Article

Transmetatarsal Amputation: A Case Series and Review of the Literature

Ryan McCallum | Mark Tagoe
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 172957
  • - Research Article

Intermuscular Adipose Tissue Is Muscle Specific and Associated with Poor Functional Performance

Lori J. Tuttle | David R. Sinacore | Michael J. Mueller
Journal of Aging Research
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