Diabetes management

Peoplecare offers both Hospital and Extras cover with benefits for diabetes management. Our programs aim to help you manage your diabetes and improve your lifestyle through exercise and nutrition.

The diabetes management program available on selected Peoplecare Hospital cover aims to provide online and coaching support to members who:

  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 28
  • Type 2 diabetes diagnosis

Unmanaged type 2 diabetes can lead to serious medical complications, so it’s worth considering this program if you’re having trouble managing your condition.

Diabetes program with Peoplecare hospital covers

This diabetes program is called Healthy Weight for Life, and is offered to members with hospital cover who meet the program criteria. Contact us to find out if you're eligible.

The waiting period to receive this program is 2 months of continuous cover. Your premiums need to be up to date before you can claim this program.

Healthy Weight for Life program with Type 2 Diabetes

The Type 2 Diabetes Healthy Weight for Life Program is an 18-week program designed to maximise your overall health and quality of life. If you have trouble reaching your target blood glucose levels, getting enough exercise or cutting excess weight – this program could be for you. The program follows the Australian Diabetes Society’s approach to managing weight loss for diabetics, so you can be comfortable knowing that the program ticks the medical boxes.

Participants on the program can:
  • receive support over the phone, SMS and online
  • reduce weight
  • improve nutrition
  • improve metabolism, energy levels and other health indicators
  • improve fitness
  • learn useful ways to keep on top of your condition
  • increase their motivation to take care of their health
The program offers:
  • portion control eating plan
  • meal replacement options
  • tips to improve your fitness and assist with weight loss
  • personalised tracking to help you succeed
  • support and advice via phone, email and an online portal
  • education on understanding your condition and enhance your quality of life

Phases of the program

Food Exercise

Get started with some meal replacement options such as KicStart Shakes and KicStart Soups for breakfast and lunch so that you can get on the right nutrition path without having to get handy in the kitchen for each meal. You can add some suggested sides such as berries and salads.

For dinner, you’ll need to head to the kitchen to prep some healthy, filling food from the meal plan – meat and three veg is an option, so most people should adapt nicely.

Build up to 30 minutes per day of gentle daily activity like walking, swimming or cycling by the end of this phase.
Food Exercise
Add planned lunch and snacks to your daily intake. Increase time to at least 30 minutes per day and intensity (if possible) to continue weight loss.
Food Exercise
All meals are planned. Supplement shakes and soups are no longer eaten. Sustain exercise so that it can continue when the program finishes. Participants can use a steps tracker to keep on top of their 10,000 steps.

What is an insulin pump? orange female doctor icon

Insulin pumps are devices that connect an external pump to a tube and fine needle or cannula that is inserted just below the skin. The pumps are programmed to inject fast-acting insulin into type 1 diabetics to mimic the function of a healthy pancreas.

Diabetes Australia advises that insulin pumps aren’t suited to everyone. Anyone considering an insulin pump will need to speak to their doctor about their diabetes treatment options.

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Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes caused by several lifestyle risk factors. People at risk of type two diabetes need to have a laboratory blood glucose test performed by a doctor to check if they have diabetes.

More Information

All your treatment information is kept completely confidential by the Healthy Weight for Life provider, Prima Health Solutions. We won’t have access to any personal health information you give them, but if you’d like to read our Privacy Policy to make sure, click here.

The cost of this program is covered under all Peoplecare hospital covers. There is no out of pocket cost to participate in this program.

The waiting period to receive this program is 2 months of continuous cover. Your premiums need to be up to date before you can claim this program.

 

Diabetes help on Peoplecare Extras cover

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If your GP or other health professional declares you have a health condition, you might be able to claim certain treatment costs.

We can also pay benefits on all our Extras covers for fitness programs and equipment if you have a condition requiring a health management plan. Other claimable items may include exercise equipment, gym memberships or pool sessions.

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There are many items that you might need to pay for on a regular basis if you have diabetes. For more information, see our health aids & wellness page.

Ask our experts

We’re here to help. Our Health experts can provide assistance with:

  • Enquiries about our health programs
  • Questions about your upcoming hospital admission
  • How to access community and government health support services