Pilot study of an individualised early postpartum intervention to increase physical activity in women with previous gestational diabetes

Harold David McIntyre, Ann Peacock, Yvette D. Miller, Choon Lian Denise Koh, Alison L. Marshall

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Optimal strategies to prevent progression towards overt diabetes in women with recent gestational diabetes remain ill defined. We report a pilot study of a convenient, home based exercise program with telephone support, suited to the early post-partum period. Twenty eight women with recent gestational diabetes were enrolled at six weeks post-partum into a 12 week randomised controlled trial of Usual Care (n = 13) versus Supported Care (individualised exercise program with regular telephone support; n = 15). Baseline characteristics (Mean SD) were: Age 33 4 years; Weight 80 20kg and Body Mass Index (BMI) 30.0 9.7 kg/m2. The primary outcome, planned physical activity Median (Range), increased by 60 (0540) mins/week in the SC group versus 0 (0580) mins/week in the UC group (P = 0.234). Walking was the predominant physical activity. Body weight, BMI, waist circumference, % body fat, fasting glucose and insulin did not change significantly over time in either group. This intervention designed to increase physical activity in post-partum women with previous gestational diabetes proved feasible. However, no measurable improvement in metabolic or biometric parameters was observed over a three month period.

Original languageEnglish
Article number892019
JournalInternational Journal of Endocrinology
Volume2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Gestational Diabetes
Postpartum Period
Exercise
Telephone
Body Mass Index
Waist Circumference
Walking
Adipose Tissue
Fasting
Randomized Controlled Trials
Body Weight
Insulin
Weights and Measures
Glucose

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  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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Pilot study of an individualised early postpartum intervention to increase physical activity in women with previous gestational diabetes. / McIntyre, Harold David; Peacock, Ann; Miller, Yvette D.; Koh, Choon Lian Denise; Marshall, Alison L.

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