Important Safety Information
To help make sure members who are participating in the Healthy Weight for Life program, and also have other health conditions (such as Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Osteoarthritis), to get the most out of the program and stay safe there are some important notices that must be covered before you get started.
Special Dietary Considerations
If you have been advised at any time to follow special dietary guidelines eg. low protein, dairy free, gluten free, nut free etc. it is important that you speak with your supervising healthcare professional about your specific circumstances before commencing the Healthy Weight For Life program.
Special Physical Activity Considerations
If you have been advised at any time to follow certain guidelines with respect to your physical activity eg. avoiding certain movements, using specific aids, exercising in water etc. it is important that you speak with your supervising healthcare professional about your specific circumstances before commencing the Healthy Weight For Life program and discuss how to modify the program's recommendations for activity accordingly.
As you progress through the program and lose weight you may experience substantial improvements in your blood glucose control, blood pressure or cholesterol. As your measurements change your GP may need to make adjustments to the dosage of some of your medication. Please consult your GP before making any adjustments to your medication.
Warfarin - dietary changes can change the way warfarin works. It is important to have regular, and perhaps more frequent, blood tests (INR) during any program for weight loss. Please speak to your doctor before commencing any weight loss program to discuss how best to manage any necessary precautions you may need to take with regards your warfarin therapy.
Additional Considerations for people with Type 2 Diabetes
For patients with type 2 diabetes the term often used to describe the situation where blood glucose levels become too low is a "HYPO" - short for the medical term hypoglycaemia – which simply means low blood glucose level.
Low blood glucose levels can happen even when you're working really hard to actively manage your diabetes. Although often you can't entirely prevent them from happening, low blood glucose levels can be treated before they get worse.
You may feel some or all of the following symptoms of a hypoglycaemic episode ("hypo"):
On the other hand, you may feel none of these symptoms at all, and for those people who tend not to experience any symptoms, it is wise to ensure you are testing your levels regularly.
Your brain needs adequate glucose all the time to work properly. If the level of glucose to a person's brain gets dangerously low (less than 4mmol/L) they can become unconscious or slip into a coma.
If your blood glucose is low you need glucose immediately to keep your brain functioning. People who take insulin or diabetes tablets are advised to:
If you experience any of the above symptoms, are feeling unwell and you don't have your meter handy, it is safest to assume you are experiencing low blood glucose and treat accordingly by:
If you are on medication e.g insulin or tablets, wear or carry some form of identification that clearly states you have diabetes incase you need assistance and are unable to communicate during a hypo eg. Medic-Alert bracelets.
Blood glucose levels respond variably to exercise. Early signs of a low blood glucose level (hypoglycaemia) are sweating, feeling faint and weakness which may be overlooked during exercise.
For additional help, information or support please don't hesitate to contact the Healthy Weight For Life team at any time on
If you have a complaint or concern about any aspect of the Healthy Weight for Life program please don't hesitate to contact Luke Lawler, Prima Health Solutions Pty Ltd Scientific Director directly, on
Phone: 1800 226 180 (free call)
Mobile: 0418 280 344
PRIMA is a quality certified health care organisation (AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008) that is dedicated to the research, development and remote delivery of specialised obesity related chronic disease management and prevention products and programs.
The PRIMA products and services include KicStart™ VLCD, the Integrated Osteoarthritis Management™ program, the Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Healthy Weight for Life™.