When you suffer from a chronic condition like diabetes, it can be difficult to imagine how exercise can be beneficial, or build up the motivation to get started. Exercise Physiologists (EP) help you understand your condition and provide compassionate guidance and support. They create exercise and education programs that will help you to manage your specific condition and improve your quality of life.

At LifeCare Glenroy, we offer two extensive programs to educate, prevent and help you manage diabetes whether you are in a pre-diabetic stage or suffering from Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes Management Course - Medicare Subsidised

What is it?

The Type 2 Diabetes Management course is an 8 week group exercise and lifestyle modification program designed to assist you in the management of Type 2 diabetes and to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions. Our small grouped programs are held in a safe and comfortable environment, under the trained eye of our qualified health professionals.

The program is broken into four easy to follow segments:

  • 1 x 45 minute initial assessment
  • Group session phase 1 (Weeks 1-4)
  • Mid program individual review
  • Group session phase 2 (Weeks 5-8)

How do I benefit?

You will receive a specialised and tailored program that will help you perform safe and appropriate levels of exercise that meet the National Physical Activity Guidelines to improve waist girth, blood pressure and blood glucose. The program will also thoroughly cover proper nutrition for the promotion, maintenance and improvement of your health. The overarching goal is to provide you with the necessary tools and information to better your day-to-day health as well as the support to keep you motivated and on track with your program.

How do I sign up?

Sessions may be subsidised by Medicare with a Type 2 diabetes group referral. Speak to your GP to seek advice on eligibility or alternatively we can send an info pack to your GP.

The Life! Program – pre-diabetic patients

What is it?

The Life! Program is a FREE initiative designed by Diabetes Australia to facilitate people at risk of type 2 diabetes making the lifestyle modification necessary to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. We offer the program in small group sessions in a safe and supportive environment, with a qualified health professional guiding you throughout the 8 month program. We will help you work towards improving your health, quality of life and confidence to make health behaviour changes to minimise your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

The program is broken into these 6 thorough sessions:

Life! Introductory Session - We take baseline measures, complete subjective questionnaires, set goals and register you for the course. 

Sessions 1-4 are fortnightly

Session 1 - Diabetes and cardiovascular disease education, goal of the course, Introduction to healthy eating and national physical activity guidelines, overcoming barriers. 

Session 2 (run by a qualified Dietitian) - Fats, fibre, salt, alcohol, non-hungry eating, recipe modification, label reading, review food diary and plan further eating goals. 

Session 3 (run by a qualified Exercise Physiologist) - Home resistance and exercise program supplied (practical), physical activity goals, reduce sitting time, incidental exercise. 

Session 4 - Stress management, sleeping, relaxation, social eating, planning for lapses, staying motivated, progress measures. 

Session 5 (Held 4 months after session 4) - Follow up, take progress measures, reset goals, group discussion.

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible if you do not have type 2 diabetes at the time of referring, either by a GP or yourself, and have one or more of the following criteria: 

  • 18 years and over and have an AUSDRISK score ≥ 12 and a BMI score ≥ 25 
  • 18 years or more and have previously been diagnosed with one or more of the following:
    • cardiovascular disease (including myocardial infarction, angina and angioplasty)
    • gestational diabetes 
    • moderate or severe Chronic Kidney Disease 
    • familial hypercholesterolemia 
    • serum total cholesterol >7.5mmol/L 
    • systolic BP of ≥ 180mmHg or diastolic BP of ≥ 110mmHg 
    • impaired glucose tolerance (by FPG, OGTT or HbA1c) 
    • polycystic ovary syndrome 
  • 45 years or more, or ≥ 35 years and of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and have an Absolute Risk score of ≥10% when referred by a GP clinic. 

How can I benefit?

You’ll receive all the support and guidance you need to keep motivated and stay on track. You’ll receive:
- Specific nutritional advice
- Specific exercise and physical activity advice
- We will assist you to develop an “action plan” for your own eating, exercise and lifestyle which suits your individual needs
- Reduce your cholesterol and blood glucose levels
- Safely manage your weight and reduce your waist girth for the long term
- Reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease and many other chronic conditions. 

How do I sign up?

A GP referral is not needed so if you think this is the right program for you call us on 03 8311 4200 to learn more or to apply for the program.