Gender differences in trajectories of physical activity among older Americans with diabetes

July 17, 2015


  • Sara McLaughlin

The primary objective of this study was to examine gender differences in engagement in physical activity over time among older U.S. adults with diabetes. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, we investigated physical activity between 2004 and 2010 among 1,857 adults aged 65 years and above with diabetes. The women in this cohort of older Americans started and remained less active than their male counterparts. Investigations covering a larger portion of the life course and those examining the impact of life events and transitions on physical activity among adults with diabetes are needed.

Journal of Aging and Health, 28(3), 460-480. doi:0898264315594136 

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  • Chronic Illness/ Disability
  • Demographics
  • Health/Physical Activity