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Is this program for me?
If you’re overweight and over 45 you may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke as all three conditions can be triggered by inactivity and carrying excess weight. Healthy eating and regular physical activity can delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and greatly reduce your chance of getting heart disease and stroke. However changing your lifestyle is not easy to do on your own.
The Life! program will give you the support to achieve and maintain lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of developing these three serious conditions. The Life! program provides a Group course as well as a flexible Telephone Health Coaching service to work around your life and work commitments.
The first step is to find out if you're at risk .
Am I at risk?
Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke share many of the same risk factors. It's important to know that there are a range of factors that can increase your risk and the more risk factors you have, the greater your chances are of developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease and having a stroke or heart attack.
Source: Victorian Government Department of Human Services, 2004.
You have the power to change your risk.
Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke are largely preventable if you work to lower your risks. That's why it's so important to understand all of your risk factors and address those risk factors that you can modify or treat, these include:
- being overweight or obese (a body mass index [BMI] of 25kg/m2 or more)
- low physical activity levels
- an unhealthy diet
- blood pressure
Discuss these risk factors and treatment options with your healthcare professional and join the Life! program to change your lifestyle, reduce your risk and improve your health.
There are many things you can change about your lifestyle that can reduce your risk of developing all three conditions - the first step is completing the AUSDRISK test to learn more about your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Take the test now
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011. Health determinants, the key to preventing chronic disease. Cat No. PHE 157. Canberra:AIWH.
American Heart Foundation 2012. www.goredforwomen.org
Garrard, J, Lewis, B, Keleher, H, Tunny, N, Burke L, Harper, S & Round R 2004, Planning for
healthy communities: reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes through
healthier environments and lifestyles, Victorian Government Department of Human Services.