Behaviour change techniques targeting diet and physical activity in type 2 diabetes





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Published on Sep 21, 2017

Health Evidence hosted a 60 minute webinar examining the behaviour change techniques (BCTs) and features of dietary and physical activity interventions associated with reducing HbA1c in people with type 2 diabetes. Click here to access the slides: http://ow.ly/fTC630fk7PV

Kevin Cradock, PhD student, National University of Ireland, Galway led the session and presented findings from his recent systematic review:

Cradock K, OLaighin G, Finucane F, Gainforth H, Quinlan L, & Ginis K. (2017). Behaviour change techniques targeting both diet and physical activity in type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 18.

Changing diet and physical activity behaviour is one of the cornerstones of type 2 diabetes treatment, but changing behaviour is challenging. The objective of this study was to identify behaviour change techniques (BCTs) and intervention features of dietary and physical activity interventions for patients with type 2 diabetes that are associated with changes in HbA1c. Thirteen RCTs were identified. Diet and physical activity interventions achieved clinically significant reductions in HbA1c at three and six months, but not at 12 and 24 months. Specific BCTs and intervention features identified may inform more effective structured lifestyle intervention treatment strategies for type 2 diabetes.


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