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Diabetes Week 2017

Diabetes Week 2017 Diabetes Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about all types of diabetes and how this condition affects Australians. This year, Diabetes Victoria and Exercise & Spots Science Australia (ESSA) have both launched digital awareness campaigns to coincide with National Diabetes Week 2017 (9-15 July). Diabetes Victoria - Our Invisible Condition Directed to all people affected by, or at risk of, diabetes. ESSA - Don’t Sugar Coat Diabetes Aims to raise awareness of risk factors leading to the development of diabetes. Diabetes Victoria - Our Invisible Condition Diabetes is an invisible condition that doesn’t discriminate. People with diabetes can affect all ages, genders and ethnicities. You cannot see if somebody has diabetes with around 1.7 million Australians living with diabetes. This includes over 1.2 million people registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme, as well as an estimated 500,000 with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) - Don't Sugar Coat Diabetes Don't Sugar Coat Diabetes aims to educate the Australian public on how implementing exercise into their everyday life can reduce the risks of developing related chronic conditions, as well as make symptoms more manageable for those already diagnosed. One of the most effective ways to prevent and treat diabetes is through regular exercise. In general terms, exercise improves the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose. It is important for people to consult their health professional to learn more about exercising safely with diabetes and to find the dose that is right for them. Do You Know What Diabetes Is? Diabetes is a group of conditions in which there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is the body’s main source of fuel or energy. [...]

Exercise with Patients and running a successful EP Clinic

Exercise with Patients and running a successful EP Clinic. The key to a successful exercise physiology program and getting results with our patients is getting them to buy-in on our process. When promoting the exercise interventions to patients at our Melbourne Clinic our trainers focus on patient motivators, behaviours and goals as opposed to the medical or health benefits of exercise. We show the benefits of physical activity to our patients with the specific ways in which it can help them achieve their core daily needs and goals, rather than emphasizing on the medically focused goals of weight control, better health outcomes, and disease management. Whilst the medically focused goals are important to our trainers and doctors, the patients are more likely to continue their health and fitness journey when feeling the immediate benefits they receive and how it effects their daily quality of life. Our Melbourne Exercise Physiology Clinic Our message is simple. Exercise is the best, cheapest, most accessible medicine available and in order to improve chronic disease mortality rates, people need to move more. The Exercise is Medicine (EIM) message All our Accredited Exercise Physiologists at our clinic are part of the EIM Australia Network. The Exercise is Medicine message is passed on to all our patients that we work with as we focus on the immediate benefits of exercise such as the experience of feelings including relaxation, happiness and vitality. We have a great success rate with our patients when focusing on these aspects rather than selling the medical and health benefits that they will also receive such as lower blood pressure or chronic condition improvements which may not occur until weeks or months down the [...]

Dementia Awareness Month

"You are not alone" Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year. The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone". September is Dementia Awareness Month when we aim to give Australians a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia. It also highlights the importance of accessing services and information early to empower and enable everybody impacted by dementia, including carers. There are more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is presenting a number of events and activities across Victoria, and we would love the Moonee Valley Health and Fitness community to get involved. What is Dementia? Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life. What Causes Dementia There are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Huntington's disease, Alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff's syndrome) and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. Who gets Dementia Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia. What can be done to help? At present there is no prevention or cure for most forms of dementia. However, some medications [...]

Healthy Bones – Osteoporosis

Healthy Bones - Action Week Healthy Bones Action Week (formerly Nationally Healthy Bones Week) has been encouraging people of all ages to protect their bones since its inception in 1994. Osteoporosis is one of the least-discussed, under-diagnosed and under-treated diseases in Australia, yet poor bone health affects 2 in 3 Australians over 50 years, including a growing number of men. You are never too young – or old – to act when it comes to protecting your bones. Healthy Bones Action Week calls on Australians of all ages to take the three actions to build and maintain healthy bones: Increase daily serves of calcium through milk, cheese or yoghurt. Go for a walk or committing to some new form of regular exercise. Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D. What is osteoporosis? Genes and lifestyle impact how strong bones are. While you can’t change your genetics, you can adopt a ‘bonefriendly’ lifestyle which includes adequate calcium intake, exercise and sufficient vitamin D. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose calcium and other minerals, making them fragile and more likely to fracture. In Australia, osteoporosis affects 1.2 million people. This number is expected to increase as our population grows older. Osteoporosis affects more than 1 in 5 women over the age of 65 years, compared with around 1 in 20 men. Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis because of the rapid drop in the hormone oestrogen during menopause. In men, testosterone levels decline more gradually. As a result, bone mass in men usually remains adequate until later in life. By age 65, both men and women lose bone at the same rate. It is never too late to start looking after your bones and take [...]

Exercise Physiology and Diabetes

Everybody benefits from regular exercise. If you have diabetes, or are at risk of diabetes it plays an important role in keeping you health. In Victoria, there are currently 300,000 people living with diabetes and every day, around 70 Victorians develop the condition. Diabetes Victoria offers great support groups for people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. As Exercise Physiologists we often get asked many questions about how physical activity can help diabetes management and to dispel myths associated with being active. Below we help explain the benefits that exercise has with diabetes management and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about how and why physical activity is beneficial. What is Diabetes? Diabetes is the name given to a group of conditions in which there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is the body’s main source of fuel or energy. High blood glucose levels can affect many parts of the body but with the right advice, technology and medication diabetes can be managed well. The different types of diabetes There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Read more about type 1 diabetes and exercise Read more about type 2 diabetes and exercise Diabetes and Exercise Starting an Exercise Program Before you start any regular exercise program it is best to see your doctor for a full medical examination and clearance. Regular activity is a key part of managing diabetes along with proper meal planning, taking medications as prescribed, and stress management. Initially you want to take it slow. If you are not used to doing much exercise you need to start off slow and then slowly build up [...]

Diabetes Support and Getting Active

Did you know that 280 Australians develop diabetes every day? Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes as well as silent, un-diagnosed type 2 diabetes. In Victoria, there are currently 300,000 people living with diabetes and every day, around 70 Victorians develop the condition. Diabetes Victoria offers great support groups for people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. So what is Diabetes? Diabetes is the name given to a group of conditions in which there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is the body’s main source of fuel or energy. High blood glucose levels can affect many parts of the body but with the right advice, technology and medication diabetes can be managed well. The different types of diabetes There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Read more about type 1 diabetes and exercise Read more about type 2 diabetes and exercise Diabetes Victoria - Support Groups Support groups bring together people who share common experiences, conditions, concerns, goals or interests. They offer people an opportunity to improve their quality of life through mutual support and education. They can also bring about change for themselves and the wider community. Support program is a service offered by Diabetes Victoria to facilitate and empower all members of diabetes support groups. There are both type 1 and type 2 specific peer support groups. These groups help: Provide information to members and the general public about Diabetes Victoria. Facilitate and coordinate community education forums in metropolitan Melbourne, regional and rural areas. Work with health care professionals including dietitians, podiatrists, exercise physiologists and diabetes educators to raise awareness of diabetes [...]

Are you at risk? Type 2 diabetes awareness

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 Healthy Living 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 [...]

Exercise Right Week 2016

Exercise Right Week 23 - 29 May 2016 Exercise Right Week (23-29 May), promoted annually by Exercise & Sports Science Australia, is all about inspiring people to live happier and healthier lives by empowering them through exercise. It also celebrates the Accredited Exercise Physiologist and their mission in empowering people to exercise right for who they are and their condition. During Exercise Right Week, why not start talking to your patients and clients about exercise and how its prescription, in many cases, can be more beneficial than the prescription of medication to prevent and treat chronic conditions. Exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on common chronic diseases including blood pressure, cholesterol, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain. It is also the cheapest and most accessible medicine available. ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGISTS ARE THE EXPERTS WHO CAN HELP YOU EXERCISE RIGHT So why not ensure that we add a dose of exercise right in our prescription for the prevention, treatment and management of these conditions? Book an initial consultation with our Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Moonee Valley Health and Fitness to assist with exercise management for chronic conditions. When it comes to exercise, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s important to exercise right for your uniqueness – right professional, right place, right time. You can learn more about Exercise Right Week as well as tools and tips to promote Exercise Right week at your workplace. 2016 Exercise Right Week Get behind #ExerciseRightWeek from 23-29 May 2016 EIM Network Moonee Valley Health and Fitness is proud to be part of the Exercise is Medicine Australia Network. Learn More > Frequently Asked Questions Common questions about our [...]