Patients with diabetes and depression may need additional support for exercise

Kristin S. Vickers, Mary A. Nies, Christi A. Patten, Ross Dierkhising, Steven A. Smith

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Objective: To examine the association between depressive symptoms and exercise-related variables among patients with type 2 diabetes. Methods: Surveys were completed by 207 primary care patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (52% female; 95% white; mean age = 63 years). Multiple linear regression analyses were conducted. Results: Lower use of relapse prevention behavior was significantly associated with higher depression scores in a multivariate model. Conclusions: Patients with diabetes and depression have barriers to exercise (eg, fewer skills for relapse prevention) and may require additional support for exercise initiation and maintenance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-362
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006


  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Exercise
  • Exercise self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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