There are different types of diabetes; the three most common types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Strong international evidence shows diabetes prevention programs can help prevent type 2 diabetes in up to 58 per cent of cases. You can do a lot to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, read our tips below.
Currently type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented. However, researchers are looking into the autoimmune process and environmental factors that lead people to developing type 1 diabetes to help prevent type 1 diabetes in the future.
Evidence, including large-scale randomised control trials, shows type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in up to 58 per cent of cases by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and following a healthy eating plan.
People at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay and even prevent the condition by:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Regular physical activity
- Making healthy food choices
- Managing blood pressure
- Managing cholesterol levels
- Not smoking.
Many people don’t know they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Assess your risk using the Diabetes Australia risk calculator. State organisations provide a range of programs and services for people at high risk of diabetes.
State Prevention Programs
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.
Visit www.lifeprogram.org.au for more information.
Beat It Gym is a program that runs over 8 weeks and involves moderate intensity aerobic, strength and balance based exercises as well as education sessions on healthy living topics. The sessions are fun, safe and supportive, with exercises specifically tailored to suit your individual health and fitness levels.
Please contact the NDSS Infoline on 1300 136 588 to find the Beat It programme nearest to you.
Live your Life Workplace Health Programme
Diabetes NSW & ACT's Live Your Life Workplace Health programme= can be tailored according to individual organisation needs. Click here for further details or call the Infoline 1300 136 588.
My health for life
My health for life is a free, healthy lifestyle program for Queenslanders who are at high risk of chronic disease, including heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Designed to support positive behaviour change, the program helps eligible participants plan and action small lifestyle changes that have long term health benefits. The program involves six sessions overs six months and is delivered by qualified health professionals. Participants have the choice of group sessions or phone coaching options. Group sessions in local areas work well for people who enjoy social interaction and learning from others’ experiences while phone coaching appeals to those whose work or life situation make it difficult for them to commit to set days and times.
My health for life recognises that everyone has their reasons for improving their health whether it is losing weight, eating better or moving more.
To find out if you are eligible or to undertake a free online health check, visit www.myhealthforlife.com.au or call 13 RISK (13 7475).
My Healthy Balance is an online healthy lifestyle program. More information here.
Get on Track pits you against other teams as your healthy behaviour races you around the track (online). More information here.
SHED-IT is a program designed specifically to help men achieve sustainable long-term weight loss. More information here.
The COACH Program® provided by Diabetes Tasmania, is a free telephone coaching service for people at risk of or diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It provides people with the opportunity to work with a coach (health professional) to understand, manage and improve their health in particular around the risk factors associated with diabetes and its complications.
For more information, read the COACH program brochure or call the NDSS Infoline on 1300 136 588 to register your interest.
Other state or territory organisations
Call the NDSS Infoline 1300 136 588 to find out which programs are available in your state.
International Prevention Programs
National Diabetes Prevention Program – US evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes