New DiaBEATes Group

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015
A new DiaBEATes group starting in February at Active Health Portland is emphasising the importance of education along with exercise.

A new DiaBEATes group starting in February at Active Health Portland is emphasising the importance of education along with exercise.

The group offers a combination of exercise and education for people with type two diabetes in weekly 90-minute sessions, with a focus on staying well despite having the condition.

While participating in the group won't help people beat diabetes, it can help people to properly manage the condition and make sure it doesn't rule their lives.

Portland District Health diabetes educator Vicki Barbary and dietitian Melissa Yip are among the health professionals leading sessions for the group and will highlight the importance of healthy eating, correct label reading, proper monitoring, and the importance of maintaining good daily management of the condition.

Having diabetes is not as scary as some people might think, Ms Yip said. With good control you can become the master of the condition, rather than allowing it to take over your life.

By keeping good control, people can avoid health complications years down the track.

Ms Yip's presentation will highlight the importance of healthy eating and portion sizes and why people with diabetes should carefully read labels. Some people look only at sugar content; they need to look at the overall carbohydrate contents, she said.

Also, they may be eating healthy foods but should be aware of the impact of portion sizes.

Ms Barbary described diabetes as a condition you can't ignore.

Her presentation will cover the importance of accurate and regular monitoring. The focus is on staying well with diabetes, monitoring your blood glucose levels and regularly reviewing your management plan.

The group will also involve podiatrist Nikki Edwards, exercise physiologist Shae Johnson, and counsellor Michelle Lesek.

To participant in the group a GP referral is required.

People wanting to find out more about the group can contact exercise physiologist Shae Johnson at Active Health Portland on 55 221200.


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