What is our Diabetes Group Program?

The Doveston Body Concepts Health Clinic offers a Type 2 Diabetes Group Exercise/Education Program which all diagnosed Type 2 Diabetics are eligible to complete, in addition to the visits provided under a Medicare Team Care Arrangement. Eligible patients are required to participate in an initial diabetic assessment in order to be enrolled into the program. Participants are then entitled to attend eight group sessions each calendar year.

Our group Diabetes intervention was developed to equip our patients with the knowledge, confidence and tools to help manage their diabetes. The group class utilises specialised equipment and the expertise and experience of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and an Accredited Practising Dietitian to implement tailored, patient specific treatment and service. This ensures continued motivation and adherence and eliminates physical restrictions and mobility issue barriers, allowing patients to improve their health and wellbeing through increasing insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake.


How Does Exercise help to manage Type 2 Diabetes?

Exercise assists in the control of Type 2 Diabetes by nonmedical means, reducing the severity of the disease, and significantly reducing the risk of long-term complications. Aerobic exercise increases insulin sensitivity and, along with correct nutrition, helps restore normal glucose metabolism. Strength training (resistance or weight training) also assists by increasing muscle tissue and increasing glucose uptake by the muscles thus enhancing the ability to store glucose. Exercise can mean the difference between "medical management" and "lifestyle management" of Type 2 diabetes. Exercise is a critical component for:

  • Decreasing blood sugar levels
  • Decreasing body fat
  • Decreasing waist circumference
  • Increasing insulin sensitivity
  • Increasing glucose uptake
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Decreasing cardiovascular health risk

Program Structure

The Program will take place over 8 weeks with 1 hour of contact time made up of 30 minutes of education and 30 minutes of exercise each week. The program covers both the educational and physical component to managing Diabetes covering topics such as:

  • A general introduction and overview of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Correct and up to date Nutritional principles and guidelines
  • A focus on improving blood glucose control
  • Effective use of glycaemic index and glycaemic load
  • Food labelling, and some handy tips when grocery shopping
  • A focus of weight reduction and overall body fat %
  • Review the National Physical Activity Guidelines
  • Introduce clients to safe exercise and discuss barriers to exercising

All diabetics will benefit from this program and it comes highly recommended from participants that have already completed the program.

DOVESTON HEALTH – Assisting people in the Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast Regions:

Albany Creek, Albion, Alderley, Arana Hills, Ascot, Aspley, Bald Hills, Banksia Beach, Banyo, Beachmere, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Bellara, Bellmere, Bellthorpe, Bongaree, Boondall, Booroobin, Bracalba, Bracken Ridge, Bray Park, Brendale, Bribie Island, Bridgeman Downs, Brighton, Brisbane Airport, Buderim, Bunya, Burpengary, Burpengary East, Caboolture, Caboolture South, Caloundra, Campbells Pocket, Carseldine, Cashmere, Cedarton, Chermside, Chermside West, Clayfield, Clontarf, Commissioners Flat, Coolum, D’Aguilar, Dakabin, Deagon, Donnybrook, Deception Bay, Delaneys Creek, Eagle Farm, Eatons Hill, Elimbah, Everton Hills, Everton Park, Ferny Hills, Fitzgibbon, Gaythorne, Geebung, Glasshouse Mountains, Godwin Beach, Gordon Park, Grange, Griffin, Hamilton, Hendra, Joyner, Kallangur, Kawana Waters, Kedron, Keperra, Kilcoy, Kippa-Ring, Kurwongbah, Lawnton, Lutwyche, Mango Hill, Margate, Maroochydore, McDowall, Meldale, Mitchelton, Moodlu, Moorina, Morayfield, Mount Mee, Murrumba Downs, Myrtletown, Nambour, Narangba, Neurum, Newmarket, Newport, Ningi, Northgate, North Lakes, Nudgee,  Nudgee Beach, Nundah, Petrie, Pinkenba, Redcliffe, Rocksberg, Rothwell, Sandstone Point, Sandgate, Scarborough, Shorncliffe, Stafford, Stafford Heights, Stanmore, Stony Creek, Strathpine, Taigum, Toorbul, Upper Caboolture, Virginia, Wamuran, Warner, Wavell Heights, Welsby, White Patch, Whiteside, Wilston, Woodford, Woody Point, Wooloowin, Woorim, Zillmere.