Accountability hasoften been said to be a motivator in encouraging a person to either exercise orstick to a diet plan. But thissuggestion may be more based in fact than we think according to a new study indiabetes patients that was recently published in the Journal of GeneralInternal medicine.
Researchers looked atoverweight adults who were receiving care in pilot medical centers in NorthernCalifornia who were asked daily about their exercise habits. Researchers would then enter this informationinto the patient’s records, and review it with them during another meeting. What they found is that those patients whowere questioned stuck to their exercise habits better than those who weren’tquestioned at all about their activity.
Richard Grant,researcher with the study, advised that the goal was to raise awareness of thepatient’s habits. “Asking thesequestions about exercise is raising awareness with both the patient and thehealth care provider. It gets patientsthinking about how much they are exercising and reminds physicians to have thatconversation with their patients.”
It’s been proven thatthose engaged in any kind of a weight loss program, whether the goal is to eathealthier or be more active, are more successful with some support system inplace. In patients with health issues, amajority of this support can come from a physician, and physician engagementcan bring more positive outcomes for overall weight loss goals.
Study authors adviseboth physicians and patients to think about their engagement levels in boththeir health efforts and communication about those efforts. This will allow better connection toresources for support for the individual, and a better understanding inphysicians of how they can assist patients in reaching their weight loss andhealth improvement goals.
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