Exercise important for type 1 diabetes patients regardless of CKD
medwireNews: Physical activity is linked to lower mortality risk among patients with type 1 diabetes irrespective of whether they have comorbid chronic kidney disease (CKD), study results suggest.
As presented at the EASD annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, Heidi Tikkanen-Dolenc (University of Helsinki, Finland) and colleagues analyzed data from 2059 participants of the Finnish Diabetic Nephropathy (FinnDiane) Study and found that CKD-free participants who did not participate in leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) had a 63% higher risk for premature mortality than those who did regular LTPA after adjustment for factors including gender, smoking, and glycated hemoglobin levels.
Furthermore, participants without CKD who reported exercising with low frequency had a twofold increased mortality risk relative to those who reported moderate-to-high frequency exercise.
The team found similar results for the 310 patients who had type 1 diabetes and comorbid CKD, with participants who did not exercise having a 47% increased mortality risk compared with those who did, and those reporting low frequency exercise having a 90% increased risk than those who exercised more regularly.
Together, these findings suggest that LTPA and frequent exercise reduce the risk for premature death in type 1 diabetes patients with and without CKD, concluded Tikkanen-Dolenc.
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