Australian men are at particularly high risk due to their high rates of obesity and lack of awareness of their risk. We have developed the PULSE (Prevention Using LifeStyle Education) program for type 2 diabetes and have been trialling this program in 102 at risk men. This comprehensive T2D prevention program consists of a diet and exercise resource package that includes a home-based exercise program. Our preliminary results suggest that the program has been effective in helping these men lose weight, lose abdominal fat, and decrease their blood insulin levels. The current project was designed to follow these men for 6 months. Longer term evaluation is particularly important in programs designed to prevent the development of disease as only over these longer time frames can we determine whether prevention programs are truly successful.
Type 2 Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia.