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The connection between lifestyle and emotional well-being in men and women with Type 2 diabetes


In a study published in the European Journal of General Practice, researchers examined the effects of lifestyle on the emotional well-being of male and female diabetics. The goal was to uncover associations that can help in creating new strategies to manage and improve both lifestyle and Type 2 diabetes.

  • The cross-sectional study involved 1,085 patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes who had previously participated in the e-Vita part of the Zwolle outpatient diabetes project integrating available care (ZODIAC) study.
  • The researchers obtained information on the patients’ lifestyle information, notably, their body mass index, smoking habits, physical activity, and alcohol consumption through self-reported questionnaires.
  • Using the World Health Organization-5 well-being index (WHO-5), the researchers assessed the participants’ emotional well-being.
  • After the researchers had adjusted for other lifestyle factors, they found that physical activity had the most positive impact on the emotional well-being of both men and women participants.
  • On the other hand, the consumption of 22-35 drinks of alcohol per week and smoking had the most negative impact on the emotional well-being of men and women participants respectively.

Because of these findings, the researchers concluded that there is a positive but non-clinically relevant association between physical activity and the emotional well-being of both men and women patients with Type 2 diabetes. Meanwhile, there is a negative but non-clinically relevant association between excessive alcohol use and smoking and the emotional well-being of men and women patients with Type 2 diabetes respectively.

Read the full text of the study at this link.

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Journal Reference:

Hendriks S, van Soldt E, van Vugt M, Groenier K, Roelofsen Y, Maas A, Bilo H, Kleefstra N, Hateren K. LIFESTYLE AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING IN MEN AND WOMEN WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES (E-VITADM-4; ZODIAC-48). European Journal of General Practice. 22 March 2017;23(1):83-90. DOI: 10.1080/13814788.2017.1292348l Practice. 22 March 2017;23(1):83-90. DOI: 10.1080/13814788.2017.1292348



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