Reducing your risk

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Research shows that diabetes can be prevented in 58% of cases

You cannot change risk factors like your:

  • age - the older you are the more likely you are to get diabetes
  • family history - type 2 diabetes runs strongly in the family
  • history of gestational diabetes
  • history of cardiovascular disease

You can change your lifestyle risk factors by:

  • achieving and maintaining a healthy weight - especially around your waist
  • being physically active
  • following a healthy balanced eating plan - eat plenty of vegetables and high fibre cereal products and use a minimum amount of fat and oils.

Your lifestyle choices can help prevent of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Changing your lifestyle is not easy to do on your own. Joining a group course or using the telephone health coaching service will give you a much greater chance of success.

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A prevention program

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A prevention system has been built for Victoria

The numbers on the map represent facilitators in rural Victoria.

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375 health professionals have been trained in prevention of type 2 diabetes.

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140 primary care based organisations have entered service agreements to provide diabetes prevention across Victoria

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A strong feature of the Life! program is the use of performance data for continuous quality improvement

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Partnerships crucial to the implementation of the Life! program in Victoria have been formed with WorkHealth, General Practice Victoria and Deakin and Melbourne Universities

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As a result of the program’s social marketing strategies, there is now greater awareness of diabetes, heart disease and stroke prevention

Life! course sessions

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Life! Group sessions

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    photoLife! course Introductory Session

    Topics:


    • Initial one-on-one session


    • Introduction to the Life! course and goals


    • Understanding your risk factors for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke


    • Setting goals



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    photo Life! group session 1

    Topics:


    • Getting to know each other


    • Diabetes, heart disease and stroke


    • Reducing your risk with lifestyle change


    • Energy balance and portion sizes




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    photoLife! course session 2

    Topics:


    • Understanding your diet: fat, fibre, salt


    • Skills for healthy eating: food label reading, recipe modification


    • Setting achievable healthy eating goals



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    photoLife! course session 3

    Topics:


    • Understanding the importance of physical activity


    • Recognising and overcoming barriers to physical activity


    • Setting achievable physical activity goals



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    photoLife! course session 4

    Topics:


    • Overcoming stress and enjoying relaxation


    • Improving sleep


    • Importance of support networks


    • Goal planning and managing lapses


    • Social eating



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    photoLife! course session 5

    Topics:


    • Review of your progress and goal attainment


    • Setting new and achievable goals for the long term


    • Your new path to a healthier life



Life! Telephone Health Coaching sessions

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Life! Telephone Health Coaching

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    photoCall Session 1 - Duration of Call: approx 45 mins

    Discussion Topics:


    • Discuss health and medical issues and lifestyle risk factors


    • Assist to identify and prioritise general goals


    • Identify and address physical barriers


    • Implement action plan that is individually tailored and manageable


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    photoCall Session 2 - Duration of Call: 15-20 mins

    Discussion Topics:


    • Review client progress


    • Discuss goal attainment



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    photoCall Session 3 - Duration of Call: 15-20 mins

    Discussion Topic:


    • Consider relapse prevention





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    photoCall Session 4 - Duration of Call: 15-20 mins

    Discussion Topic:


    • Discuss if additional assistance is required to achieve goals



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    photoFinal Call Session - Duration of Call: 15-20 mins

    Discussion Topics:


    • Review and summarise on client achievement over the last five months


    • Identify the skills and learning acquired over the five months


    • Address relapse


    • Benefits associated with incorporation of diabetes prevention in lifestyle



Are you at risk of type 2 diabetes? Taking the test is the first step.

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Testimonials

"I'm glad I didn’t wait to start the course because that would have been more of my life wasted."

Kerrie Beitzel

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