Health behaviour changes after diagnosis of chronic illness among canadians aged 50 or older

Jason T. Newson, Nathalie Huguet, Pamela L. Ramage-Morin, Michael J. McCarthy, Julie Bernie, Mark S. Kaplan, Bentson H. McFarland

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Changes in health behaviours (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 behaviour. Although signifi cant decreases in smoking were observed among all groups except those with respiratory disease, at least 75% of smokers did not quit. No signifi cant 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 signifi cantly among any group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3a-7a
JournalHealth Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Aged
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Disease management
  • Exercise
  • Heart disease
  • Lifestyle
  • Middle age
  • Nutrition
  • Respiratory disease
  • Secondary prevention
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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