Open Journal of Internal Medicine
Vol.08 No.01(2018), Article ID:81951,9 pages

The Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Diabetics on Physical Activity at the Marc Sankale Center of Dakar

Sow Djiby*, Diédhiou Demba, Ndour Michel Assane, Diallo Ibrahima Mané, Diouf Mahecor, Ka-Cissé Marie, Sarr Anna, Ndour Mbaye Maimouna

Clinique Médicale II, Centre Hospitalier Abass Ndao, UCAD, Dakar

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Received: October 30, 2017; Accepted: January 21, 2018; Published: January 24, 2018


Introduction: The objective of that study was to evaluate diabetics knowledge, attitudes and practices on physical activity. Patients and Methods: That study has concerned 200 diabetics at Marc Sankale antidiabetic Center of Abass Ndao Hospital in Dakar. Women represent 76% with a sex ratio M: F0.13. The average age is 54 years with extremes of 4 to 84 years. The housewives are 29% and among them 15% haven’t any professional activity. 45.07% of the population is illiterate. In our study, 63.13% of patients have low socio economic level. In our series, the majority of patients is type 2 diabetes (89.5%). The diabetes evolution time is about 8 years inferior to 7% in 84 patients. In our study obesity is noted in 17.20% of cases. The HTA is present in 56% of cases. 54% of the studied population presents a dyslipidemia. Physical activity is practiced in 81% of patients. In our study the doctor’ advice motivates the half of our patients to practice physical activity (62.26%). The lack of time (43.2%) and volution (8.1%), the useless character of physical activity (2.7%) and the patients’ health state 45.9% are the obstacles to the practice of physical activity. The average frequency of physical activity practiced by patients is about 4 times a week with extremes ranging from 1 to 7 stages a week. The average time of activity practiced by patients is 39.72% with extremes ranging from 10 to 150 mn. 87% of patients practice physical activity at least 3 times a week. The main risks noted from intense physical activity in diabetics are hypertension 39.0%, ortestic hypertension 3.0%. In the contrary 58.8% of patients ignore the answer. Conclusion: Our study demonstrates the ignorance of diabetics on physical activity. Therefore it would be necessary to reinforce the training mainly therapeutic education in the patients taken into account.


Diabetes Mellitus, Risk Factor, Knowledge, Physical Activity, Senegal

1. Introduction

Diabetes is a public health problem due to medical, social and financial implications.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) 2017 estimates report a prevalence of 425 million of diabetics in the world. Prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa increased from 4.8% to 5.7% [1] . In Senegal it is estimated to 3.2% [2] . The diabetes mellitus is known by its morbidity and mortality risk almost in association to cardiovascular risk factors. Except the drug treatment, the taken responsibility is a necessity to inform and educate patients in order to participate actively to diabetes management. There is progressively a proof that the education of patients is a most efficient mean to reduce diabetes complication and management [3] . The education will be efficient if we know the characteristics of patients in terms of knowledge their attitudes and practices in diabetes. According to what we know, no study has been done on this domain on Senegal. In this way the objective of this study is to evaluate knowledge, attitudes and practices of diabetics on physical.

2. Patients and Methods

There was a cross, descriptive and analytic study done from March 1st 2015 to April 15th 2015 in the reference Center of diabetes taken into account on physical activity.

Criterion for inclusion: It concernsall type 2 and 1 diabetics who come on routine consultation at Marc Sankale Center during the study period regardless diabetes ancientness and the existence or not of degenerative complication without hindrance and the acceptation to participate to the study.

Criterion for exclusion: Patients that have other diabetes forms: gestational diabetes, secondary diabetes, those who refuse to be part of the study. Patients received in curing room and in other consultation (emergencies). Standard questionnaires were established to serve as a selective data bases. It was proposed to question by direct interrogation. The questionnaires management has been realized through interview with patients or accompanier. Questionnaires will be done in an anonymous way, patients identification will be done thanks to its medical dossier number. The following dossier reports clinical and Paraclinical elements of patient during the following were associated. The collective data required was the followings:

Epidemiological data: Age; sex; antecedents; profession, matrimonial status, address; schooling level; socioeconomic level.

Cardio vascular risk factor study was taken into account in our study. Hypertension; smoking; microalbuminuria inferior to 30 mg/24h without urinary infection; dyslipidemia researched away from acute pathology were defined by the presence of one or several anomalies or an antecedent known through dyslipidemia according to national Cholesterol Education program Adult Treatment Panel (NEPAT) [4] and corporal mass clue according to classification of the International Obesity Task Force [5] .

Study of diabetes mellitus: It concerns diagnose age; the type of diabetes and its ancientness. Diabetes glycemia balance and its chronic complications were also evaluated. The typology of diabetes in the lack of immunology and that of the dosage of the peptide C was presumptively based on clinic and progressive arguments (age of the patient and his morph type symptoms installation Deadline, familial antecedent and evolution under treatment).

SUPPORT: It concerns realization of diet education and medical treatments. Patients were glycemic balance if glycemia during the fast is inferior to 1.21 mg/dl and the HbA1C inferior to 7% according to recommendations of American Diabetes Association [6] .

Physical activity study: Knowledge, practical attitudes of patients were evaluated according an inquiry toward then [7] .

KNOWLEDGE represents an amount of things known; knowledge and science. It is a capacity of self-representation, a way of perceiving. The knowledge in behavior profitable don’t implicate automatically the application of behavior .The degree of knowledge noticed helps know domain where efforts in terms of information and education should be done.

ATTITUDES: Attitude is a way to be posture. There are tendency and dispositions. There is variable intermediary between the situation and the response of that situation. It helps explain that among the possible practices of a subject under a stimulus, this can adapt any or any other practice.

PRACTICES or behaviors are observed actions from a person in response to stimulus.

It concerns the reality. It is the know-how.

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The input and the exploitation have been accomplished by software like SPSS Statistic 18.0.

3. Results

3.1. Sociodemographic and Clinical Profile of Patients on Inclusion

This study involved a sample of 200 diabetic patients followed at the Marc Sankale antidiabetic center of the Abass Ndao hospital in Dakar. Women represent 76% of cases (152 patients), and men 48 cases 24% with a sex ratio (M: F) of 0.31. The average age is 54 years with extremes of 4 to 84 years. Diabetics were older than 50 years in 131 cases or 65.5%. Housewives made up 29%, shopkeepers 20% and 15% have no professional activity. For the level of education 45.7% of the population is out of school, primary schooling (23.6%), secondary schooling (16.6%), and only 14.1% of cases have a level of education. High study. In our study 63.13% of patients have a low socio-economic level. The bride and groom are the most represented with 74.5%.

3.2. Study of Diabetes Mellitus

In our series, the majority of patients with diabetes are type 2 (89.50%), type 1 diabetic patients represent 10.50%. In our study population, the duration of diabetes is approximately 8 years. 38.60% of patients have seniority between 0-5 years, 36.40% between 11 - 26 years and 25.0% have diabetes for more than 10 years. In our series, more than half of the patients discovered their diabetes due to functional signs (71%), 27.50% following a systematic assessment and 1.50% with a ketoacidocetosis. Among the 188 patients in our population who did this examination, HbA1c was equal to 7 in 12 patients, 6%, less than 7% in 84 patients, 42% and greater than 7% in 92 patients, 46%. Table 1 shows the characteristics of the study population at baseline.

3.3. Study of Cardiovascular Risk Factors

In our study, 43.20% of patients have a normal weight, 33.30% are overweight, obesity is noted in 17.20% of cases and 6.30% of diabetic patients are lean. In our study, women are more obese than men with 20% versus 8.5%. In our series, hypertension is present in 50% of cases. 54.4% of the population studied have dyslipidemia. The concept of active smoking is found in 1.5% of our patients. In our study, 3% had to use alcohol, of which 1% still drinks and 2% stopped, compared to 97% of patients who never drank alcohol.

3.4. Study of Physical Activity

Physical activity is practiced in 81.5% of patients. It is practiced regularly in 79.80%. Among the patients with physical activity, 81.5% also follow a low carbohydrate diet. Among the patients practicing a physical activity, 47.9% follow a hypo caloric diet. Of the patients with physical activity, 53.4% follow a low sodium diet. In our series, the doctor’s advice is the main motivation to practice a

Table 1. Socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of the study population.

physical activity in more than half of our patients with 62.26%, for pleasure 19.34% and for health 18.40%. In our study, 51.50% started to practice sport after the discovery of diabetes, 38.0% before the discovery of the disease and 10.40% at the time of discovery. Of the 163 participants who participated in physical activity, 86.50% or 141 patients opted for walking, 11.66% or 19 patients for the race, 1.23% or 2 patients for cycling, and only 1 patient was 0 , 61% for football. During their physical activity, 77.27% of patients wear sandals, 15.15% of sports shoes and 7.58% of slippers. Barriers to practicing physical activity are mainly lack of time (43.2%), lack of will (8.1%), uselessness of physical activity (2.7%) and the state of health of the patients (45.9%). The average frequency of physical activity practiced by patients is about 4 times a week with extremes ranging from 1 - 7 sessions/week. The average duration of the activity practiced by patients is 39.72 min with extremes ranging from 10 - 150 min. 87.8% of patients are physically active at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes. Type 1 diabetics practice sports in 85.7% compared to 81% in type 2. For 94% of patients, the type of physical activity most indicated for diabetics is endurance (walking). The main risks identified in cases of intense physical activity in diabetics are hypoglycemia (39.0%) and orthostatic hypotension (3.0%). On the other hand, 58.0% of patients admitted not to know the answer. For 42.5% of patients the minimum frequency of physical activity is 3 times/7 days. The benefit of physical activity is the drop in blood glucose is most cited by patients with 70.59%, for weight loss (18.01%) and regulation of blood pressure (11.40%). In our series 90.09% of patients consider physical activity as an integral part of diabetes treatment; 2.36% as an optional option and 7.55% as leisure. 68.0% of patients do not want a material and/or professional support to improve their physical activity practice against 32.0% of patients who wish.

4. Discussion

This study carried out in diabetics focused on the assessment of diabetics’ knowledge of physical activity which is still insufficient despite the psychic activities devoted to them. To our knowledge very few studies on physical activity in diabetes have been performed. Most studies focused on epidemiological aspects and complications.

4.1. Cardiovascular Risk Factors

In our study, obesity is noted in 17.20% of cases. Women are more obese than men with 20% against 8.5%. HTA is present in 50% of cases and 54.4% of the population studied have dyslipidemia. Physical activity also allows for better control of risk factors: High blood pressure [8] [9] , dyslipidemia [10] , diabetes with decreased insulin resistance [11] , overweight [12] . Obesity and physical inactivity thus contribute independently to the development of T2D, but the importance of the risk of obesity is greater than that due to insufficient physical activity. Obese subjects also benefit from a reduced risk of T2D when they have regular physical activity. According to the study (Nurses Health Study on American nurses with no history of diabetes, cardiovascular pathology or cancer), followed for 16 years [13] ; the relative risk of T2D is: 16.75 for obese women with no physical activity and 10.74 for women with regular but obese physical activity.

4.2. Study of Physical Activity

Physical activity is practiced in 81.5% of patients. In the Diabasis survey conducted by TNS Healthcare-Sofres, a sample of 12,000 people aged 45 and over showed that only 30% of diabetics were physically active [14] . In another study conducted in Waghodia, India, 74% of patients had regular physical activity [15] . In South Africa the study by Shilubane et al. [16] shows that nearly 41 (41.0%) of patients exercised, while 15 (15.0%) did not believe in physical exercise. This observation can be explained by the fact that the methodologies applied are different, especially in terms of the population surveyed. Non-practicing subjects need to be educated in order to strengthen their management. In our study, the average age is 54 years and the subjects surveyed were older than 50 years in 65.5%. The housewives accounted for 29%. In Africa, walking and domestic activities are considered physical activity. In our series, doctor's advice is the main motivation for practicing physical activity in more than half of our patients with 62.26%. In the study by Shilubane and al [16] 44.0% of Patients had no information on whether diabetic patients could benefit from physical exercise Thus, listening, education and information skills of the doctor are very important at the discovery of diabetes. In our study 51.50% started to practice sport after the discovery of diabetes, and 10.40% at the time of discovery. Eating is the most frequently and easily modified as the practice of physical activity. This one is much more difficult to start. This fact should motivate early follow-up, if possible from the onset of illness, with consultations devoted to therapeutic education, to facilitate changes in lifestyle and in particular the practice of physical activity [14] . The patients who exercise it, 86.50% opt for walking and 77.27% of patients wear sandals during their physical activity. These can be a source of foot infections and can lead to foot amputation. Therapeutic education is necessary for shoes adapted to physical activity. Educational level: 45.7% of the population is out of school. The most important factor is the low level of education, only 10% were graduates and nearly 37% were completely illiterate. Therefore, illiteracy may be the most important obstacle in the management of diabetes in these patients. It is right that education for vulnerable communities can become a cost-effective public health strategy [17] . These results have been corroborated by studies in Debré Tabor, Malaysia and India, who said that those belonging to higher socioeconomic groups had more knowledge about MD [18] [19] .

Diabetes is associated with increased cardiovascular risk. In fact, cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of morbidity and mortality in T2D patients and myocardial disorders leading to heart failure [20] . The prescription of physical activity in diabetics is met with some reluctance by fear of provoking an acute cardiac event. Barriers to practicing physical activity are mainly lack of time (43.2%), uselessness of physical activity (2.7%) and the state of health of patients. patients (45.9%). The average frequency of physical activity practiced by patients is about 4 times a week. It is recognized that regular PA can reduce early mortality, particularly cardiovascular mortality by 20% to 30% [21] . This may require a period of education with supervised sessions, leading to patient autonomy in management. of his effort, especially through the teaching of self-perception of the intensity of the exercise.

The average duration of the activity practiced by patients is 39.72 min with extremes ranging from 10 - 150 min. The main risks identified in cases of intense physical activity in diabetics are hypoglycemia (39.0%) and orthostatic hypotension (3.0%). The benefit of physical activity is the drop in blood glucose is most cited by patients with 70.59%, for weight loss (18.01%) and regulation of blood pressure (11.40%). A recent study in type 2 diabetics showed a decrease in plasma glucose concentration over 24 hours and postprandial glucose peaks after 6 weeks of EIHI [22] . However, these effects of physical activity on mortality and morbidity are well demonstrated in the general population [23] .

Thomas and al. in their meta-analysis demonstrated a beneficial effect of regular physical activity on the glycemic balance of T2D patients with an average decrease [24] . HbA1c −0.6% and no hypoglycemia could be noted. On the contrary, exercise is important because of its effect of lowering blood sugar levels and reducing cardiovascular risk factors; while physical inactivity increases the risk of type 2 diabetics [25] . This assertion is also affirmed by Sellers [26] who has demonstrated the importance of exercise as “minimizing abnormal stresses placed on the body and helping individuals to adapt and adapt to everyday life and presenting psychological benefits such as the promotion of health and well-being”. In addition, local behavioral practices and beliefs, as well as internal and external barriers to change specific to the community, contribute to the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus by promoting non-participation in physical activity [27] . In our study the imbalance of diabetes is noted in 46% of patients. Taking into account the brakes and the contributing factors constitutes the base of the educational diagnosis concerning the accompaniment to the physical activity [28] .

Cite this paper

Djiby, S., Demba, D., Assane, N.M., Mané, D.I., Mahecor, D., Marie, K.-C., Anna, S. and Maimouna, N.M. (2018) The Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Diabetics on Physical Activity at the Marc Sankale Center of Dakar. Open Journal of Internal Medicine, 8, 33-41.


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