Diabetes is a serious health concern, accounting for 5.5% of the total burden of disease in Australia in 2003. In NSW in 2007, 8% of males and 7% of females aged 16 years and over reported suffering from Diabetes or high blood sugar. In Australia, 275 people per day develop type 2 Diabetes. Half of them are not aware of their condition. Furthermore, it is estimated that 16% of all Australian adults are at high risk of Diabetes.
Appropriate Exercise Programs
Optimum Health Solutions offers all Type 2 Diabetes patients an opportunity to join our exercise and education based Diabetes Health Program. Regular physical activity helps the body to use insulin properly, keeping glucose, fat and cholesterol levels in the blood under control. Reducing the amounts of glucose and fat in the blood avoids damage to organs and blood vessels. To reduce your risk, you need to include both aerobic exercise and strength training. Strength training is especially important, because it improves your body’s ability to burn fuel for energy. This is achieved by changing the way your muscles store glucose and fat. Strength training also prevents you from losing muscle and bone when you lose weight.
Strength (or resistance) training means any activity that makes your muscles work harder than usual. Examples include lifting weights using machine weights or using your own body weight, such as squats or push-ups. You should increase the intensity of this type of exercise as you become stronger, to continue to receive the benefits.
Aerobic activity is also necessary in the management of Diabetes. It should be of a moderate to vigorous intensity. This means it should increase your breathing and your heart rate to a point where you can still talk, but you couldn’t sing. If your level of activity doesn’t make you breathe faster than usual, it’s not intense enough. On the other hand, if it makes you lose your breath to the extent that you can’t talk, it’s too intense.
Making a difference at Optimum
Over the past decade, research has produced overwhelming evidence that the lifestyle changes mentioned above can make a real difference to your risk of Diabetes and to the quality of your life. If you have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, it’s never too late to make a positive difference to your health. It means eating healthy food, making smarter food choices and making an effort to move more. Patients are eligible to have Optimum’s Diabetes Health Program funded by Medicare, via a referral from their GP. The first 5 sessions are education focused on goal setting, how to better manage diabetes, appropriate sugar levels, diet and exercise. The remaining 9 sessions focus upon individualised strength and aerobic training programs, in a group setting. Upon completion of the Diabetes Health Program, patients will be equipped with the education to safely and effectively manage their Diabetes.