Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke can be prevented or delayed if you work to lower your risks. You cannot change your age, gender or ethnicity but you can change some lifestyle risks including:
Lifestyle Risks Include:
- if you are overweight or obese with a large waist size
- do not do much physical activity
- have an unhealthy diet
- if you smoke
- have high blood cholesterol
- have high blood pressure
- if you are stressed
Being active, maintaining a healthy weight and eating healthy and balanced meals can are just some of the simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk.
The Life! program is a Victorian lifestyle modification program that helps you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Run by expert health professionals, the program is delivered as a Group Course or a Telephone Health Coaching service.
Funded by the Victorian Government and managed by Diabetes Victoria it is the biggest prevention program of its type in Australia.
Take the first step to good health. Complete the AUSDRISK test on the Life! program website and learn more about your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You can take the test here
Increasing the activity in your day
Being physically active and limiting your sedentary behaviour is essential for health and well-being. Research has shown that just 30 minutes of moderate activity a day has many health benefits.
If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount. If you’d like to learn the right technique and exercise selection contact our health professionals to book an initial consultation to help. Whether it is training at home by yourself or doing a local boot camp, any physical activity is better than doing none.
This approach has been shown to be more effective than taking medication and has a long-term positive effect on your health.
Local Awareness in the Melbourne Community
Coinciding with this year’s 2016 National Diabetes Week (10–16 July), here at Moonee Valley Health and Fitness we’re aiming to help Melbourne to learn more about the condition.
The good news is that the risk of developing those complications can be minimised if people with diabetes have the necessary tools and information to manage their condition.
Since the Life! program began in 2008 over 35,000 Victorians have been shown the steps they can take to live a healthy life.
We are here to help you!
For more information about exercise, diabetes type 1 or 2 and different populations, speak to our exercise physiologists at our Melbourne Clinic at Moonee Valley Health and Fitness.
Get in touch with us today and book an initial consultation with our Melbourne Exercise Physiologist’s. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to prevent and treat diabetes.
For more information:
Visit the website: diabeteswontstopme.org.au to learn more about diabetes and Diabetes Victoria’s programs and services.
The Life! program is supported by the Victorian Government