This work was supported by a grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Aging R01 AG034211 (J. T. Newsom).
Statistics Canada Health Reports
Disease management -- Older people, Smoking cessation, Older people
Changes in health behaviors (smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and fruit and vegetable consumption) after diagnosis of chronic health conditions (heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory disease, and diabetes) were examined among Canadians aged 50 or older. Results from 12 years of longitudinal data from the Canadian National Population Health Survey indicated relatively modest changes in behavior. Although significant decreases in smoking were observed among all groups except those with respiratory disease, at least 75% of smokers did not quit. No significant changes emerged in the percentage meeting physical activity recommendations, except those with diabetes, or in excessive alcohol consumption, except those with diabetes and respiratory disease. The percentage reporting the recommended minimum fruit and vegetable intake did not increase significantly among any group.
Newsom J., Huguet, N., Ramage-Morin, P., McCarthy, M., Bernier, J., Kaplan, M., & McFarland, B. (2012). Health behaviour changes after diagnosis of chronic illness among Canadians aged 50 or older. Health Reports / Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre For Health Information = Rapports Sur La Santé / Statistique Canada, Centre Canadien D'information Sur La Santé, 23(4), 49-53.