Your Team Diabetes: Exercise Physiologist - Diabetes WA
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Physical activity and exercise are very useful tools to help people living with diabetes manage their blood glucose levels, as well as their blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and mental well-being. This can help to reduce the risk of long-term complications or assist with the management of complications if already present.

Please provide name and title/credentials: Carly Luff, Accredited Exercise Physiologist/Credentialled Diabetes Educator

What service/s does an exercise physiologist provide? An exercise physiologist is an allied health professional who is specially qualified to prescribe exercise for those living with injuries, pain or chronic conditions. We deliver both individual appointments and group programs, depending on what you would prefer. Your GP can refer you to an exercise physiologist or you can visit essa.org.au to find one near you.

How do you help people with diabetes? An exercise physiologist can help you to find an exercise or physical activity plan that is suitable for you. We can talk to you about what you want to achieve, how exercise and physical activity can help and work with you to create realistic and achievable goals. We can also help you to overcome any barriers that are getting in the way of your plan, such as motivation, time or other commitments, just to name a few!

Personal quote – “Why are you an important part of ‘Team Diabetes’?”  Physical activity and exercise are very useful tools to help people living with diabetes manage their blood glucose levels, as well as their blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and mental well-being. This can help to reduce the risk of long-term complications or assist with the management of complications if already present. I believe exercise is an essential part of managing diabetes and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Too often I have seen people disliking exercise or doing a routine that doesn’t suit them, then becoming disinterested over time. There is plenty of support and resources available to find something sustainable and help you move more.

Do you have a story or anecdote from a consumer that you could share about how exercise (or lack thereof) has impacted their life – for the good or bad?

Richard is 56 years old and walks six kilometres, four to five times per week and has made some changes to his eating. After introducing exercise into his routine, Richard says, “my blood pressure has dropped significantly and is now 109/69 (from memory it was previously around 160/90) and my HbA1c has decreased from 9.5% to 6.2%. Hopefully with the support I’m receiving from family, friends and colleagues and my self-commitment to my diet and exercise I’ll get to my goal weight of 89kg – the weight I was in August 1995 – and live to see my 11- and 13-year-old daughters graduate, get married and have children.”

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