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    Reversing my old life for new outcomes

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    It was a massive wake-up call to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in my early 40s. But I probably didn’t take that diagnosis seriously enough at the time.

    I moved from Western Australia to Victoria around 11 years ago for work and found that I spent a lot more time sitting around and eating and drinking rather than the more active and outdoors lifestyle I enjoyed in Perth.

    I knew I needed to make a change, so I went to see my GP and he suggested I lose weight to better manage my diabetes. I had seen my weight rise to as high as 115kgs over the past few years.

    I first saw the Medibank Type 2 Diabetes Program advertised on social media, and I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to follow my GPs advice and make a proper commitment towards my future health.

    When I joined the program in January, I felt this was really something I could adopt into my life without making too many changes.

    What I really liked was the convenience of the 18-weeks of meal replacements that were either shakes or protein bars. They were tasty and filling but importantly fitted into the busy lifestyle I lead.

    When I get home for dinner, there’s a really good cookbook that gives us a lot of easy to prepare recipes.

    I also really enjoyed the support and understanding I received from my dietician Katherine who helped guide me through the program.

    I’ve also introduced regular exercise into my life whether out with my children, walking my dog or boxing – which helps me both mentally and physically.

    It hasn’t been easy for me, I’ve really had to stick at it – but I don’t intend on going back.

    So far I have lost 19 kilograms and reduced my blood sugar levels, which is helping me to better manage my diabetes.

    I am very proud of what I have achieved so far. I look forward to where it can take me in the future.

    About the program:

    Michael Busch was one of the first customers to join the program in January 2021.

    Medibank Type 2 Diabetes Program is a pilot program which will examine whether a personalised weight loss program and increase in physical activity can better manage type 2 diabetes for newly diagnosed participants, or potentially reverse it in some cases.

    Medibank supported by the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Austin Health is remotely delivering Medibank Type 2 Diabetes Program. Eligible customers are provided with a very low-calorie diet and personalised 1:1 support with a dietitian to improve their diabetes management.

    *Individual results may vary. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. *

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