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The goal of the study was to research the level of the quality of life as a whole and within certain domains, the level of physical activity, and to establish the correlation between physical activity and the quality of life in the elderly suffering from type 2 diabetes and the elderly not suffering from from type 2 diabetes in the Republic of Croatia. Quantitative methodology was used in the research. 120 examinees from 65 to 93 years of age participated in the rand were divided into two groups. The study used a sociodemographic  questionnaire for the examinees, WHOQOL-bref questionnaire for the evaluation of the quality of life and PASE questionnaire for the evaluation of the physical activity level in the elderly.In accordance with the set goals, this research established that the perceived quality of life in the elderly does not deviate from the values to be found in the healthy population. The greatest value within the total sample was taken by the domain of satisfaction with the environmental domain, while the satisfaction with the social relations had the lowest average value compared to the other domains. The range of index ITM results amounts to 18.90 to 46.77 with the mean value of 26.47. Persons with type 2 diabetes have a low level of estimated bodily activity and do not participate in any activities such as walking or moving lasting for longer periods of time or being of a higher intensity, which is due to the primary disease.


type 2 diabetes the elderly quality of life physical activity

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Ivana Crnković, MD, University of Applied Health Sciences Zagreb


Master of physiotherapy (MPT); Master of Health Sciences (MHS); Graduated physiotherapist (GCPhty); Project Cycle Manager of EU projects (PCM) and IT specialist (IT spc.) In October 2018 she enrolled PhD program in the Biomedicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Rijeka. She was elected for the position of a lecturer in 2018. in the field of Biomedicine and Health Sciences-Clinical Medical Sciences: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has been an active member in several professional and scientific projects, one of which she has initiated herself as a Pilot Project; Rehabilitation in the Community; in cooperation with Croatian Association for Laryngectomy in Zagreb.

ORCID: 0000-0002-5973-731X

Aleksandar Racz, PhD, University of Applied Health Sciences Zagreb


Medical doctor, Environmental health specialist with triple pH.D. (doctorates in biomedicine, law and social care and economics as well as  triple M.Sc. (master degrees in leadership and management in health services, public health and teology. Previous dean ( 2013-2016) and actual vicedean for publishing at University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia. Author of more than 100 original scientific papers or preliminary reports or review papers published in various international and Croatian indexed journals and conference proceedings and (co)author of two textbooks in the field of envirnomental sciences. Editor in Chief of Journal of Applied Health Sciences ( ). Member of Croatian Bioethical Society and one of ten proud honorary members of Roma Union Kali Sara.   

ORCID: 0000-0002-3118-2623

Danica Železnik, PhD, University College of Health Sciences, Slovenj Gradec


Danica Železnik, PhD is a full-time professor at the Faculty of health and social Sciences Slovenj Gradec. She is also the dean of said faculty. For more than 20 years she was employed at UKC Maribor. She began her academic career in 1997, when she started working at the University of Maribor. Her research is focused on health sciences and gerontology. She authored and co-authored numerous original scientific papers and published a scientific monography as well as three university textbooks. She is a member of the Medical ethics committee of the Republic of Slovenia and a member of the expert group of study programme evaluators at the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education – NAKVIS.

Janko Babić, MD, University of Applied Health Sciences Zagreb


Janko Babic earned his master's degree in psychology in 2006. at Faculty of Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb. He has been working at Department of Health Psychology, University of Applied Health Sciences since 2006, to date, first as an expert associate, than as an assistant, and, from 2012, as lecturer. He is a Ph.D. student at Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb.


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