The Year in Review
Mesages from the Chairs of DES and C&SS
Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome in Football Players
An expert panel recently reported that obesity is “the single greatest threat to public health in this century” and urged Americans to reduce their caloric intake and increase their physical activity (1). We are in worse physical shape than any previous generation. We are more sedentary and heavier. The terms crisis, epidemic and war on obesity are routinely used to describe our society’s health problems. Extensive scientific research during the past century has highlighted the short- and long-term benefits of physical activity and the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. However, the likelihood of a positive change in behaviour in the general population with regard to diet and exercise appears bleak (2).
2011 Canadian Diabetes Association, Young Scientist Award Winner, Minna Woo MD PhD
The National Research Council of the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Minna Woo is the 2011 recipient of the CDA Young Scientist Award. The CDA established the Young Scientist Award in 1987 for the purpose of encouraging, by appropriate recognition, outstanding research conducted in Canada by young scientists (not past their 45th birthday) in the field of diabetes.
Christmas, Santa Claus, Sugarplums and the Grinch
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads. From “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore, 1823 These lines are probably the best-known verses from the poem written by American Clement Clarke Moore in the 19th century. Many scholars arguably believe that this poem may have inspired the popularity of the larger-than-life Santa Claus.
Self-Reported Health Beliefs, Lifestyle and Health Behaviours in Community-Based Patients with Diabe
OBJECTIVE: This study describes self-reported health and lifestyle behaviours and health risk beliefs among community patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and hypertension. METHODS: Patients with both type 2 diabetes and hypertension were recruited from community family practices across 3 Canadian Maritime provinces. Patients completed a survey targeting health risk beliefs, and health and lifestyle behaviours. Analyses examined differences in patient beliefs by age and sex, as well by health and lifestyle behaviour. RESULTS: Overall, 90.8% of patients believed that controlling both blood pressure and blood glucose were important, particularly women (p<0.01), and 92.8% felt that having both conditions put them at high risk for cardiovascular problems. Older patients reported higher antihypertensive medication adherence (p<0.0001). Most (90.8%) believed that prescription drug use was most helpful for controlling blood pressure, and this belief was associated with medication adherence (p<0.0001). Overall, patients who believed in the benefits of a given lifestyle behaviour were more likely to demonstrate the behaviour. CONCLUSION: The majority of patients surveyed were knowledgeable about their increased risk for cardiovascular problems. Patient lifestyle behaviours tended to mirror their health beliefs. These results provide important insight into the health beliefs and lifestyle behaviours of patients who receive the majority of their care in the community.
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