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

Health Rep. 2012 Dec;23(4):49-53.


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 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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease* / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Fruit
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • Secondary Prevention*
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Vegetables