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Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder which occurs when the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. It represents 10-15% of all cases of diabetes and is more commonly diagnosed in children and young adults, but can occur at any age. Unlike type 2 diabetes, it is not related to lifestyle and little is known about prevention. However a healthy lifestyle is important in its management. While insulin replacement is the mainstay of treatment, the person with type 1 diabetes must carefully balance insulin with food intake and exercise to maintain their blood glucose levels in the optimal range and avoid dangerous high or low blood glucose levels. This can be a difficult feat, particularly when it comes to exercise as the effects of exercise on blood glucose levels can differ depending on the type of exercise, the timing according to meals and insulin injections and other factors. Understanding this can assist exercise professionals in helping clients with type 1 diabetes to exercise safely and to enjoy the many benefits that exercise provides.

What you will learn

  • What is type 1 diabetes?
  • Symptoms and diagnosis
  • Management of type 1 diabetes
  • Dietary recommendations
  • Benefits of exercise in type 1 diabetes
  • What happens during exercise
  • Prevention of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycemia with exercise
  • Exercise precautions and contraindications
Accreditation Fitness Australia – 5 CECs* / REPs NZ – 5 CPDs (*valid until 28/02/2023)
In order to obtain Fitness Australia CECs, this course must be completed by 28/02/2023
Investment $109 members / $139 non-members
Delivery mode Online
Pre-requisite’s Certificate III in Fitness
Approx. duration 5 hours
Assessment Online multiple choice
Access Period You have 12 months from date of purchase to complete this course. A $50 extension fee will be required if you do not complete your course within the allocated time frame. If you wish to obtain the CECs/PDPs/CPDs, you will need to complete the course by the CEC expiry date listed above.   

Who is Dr Kate Marsh?
Kate is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator, with a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics, a PhD in nutrition from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. She works in private practice in Sydney and has a particular interest in diabetes. Kate is co-convenor of the DAA National Diabetes Interest Group, a board member of Diabetes Counselling Online, and a member of the Diabetes Australia Medical Education and Scientific Advisory Council (MESAC), the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Clinical Practice Committee and the Type 1 Diabetes Network Expert Advisory Board. She is also an editorial board member for Diabetes Management Journal, a member of the magazine editorial advisory group for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association and a regular contributor to Diabetic Living Magazine.

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