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 Healthier Weight, Healthier Me: 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.
Healthier Weight, Healthier Me: Type 2 diabetes 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 Healthier Weight, Healthier Me: Type 2 Diabetes. 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. *