Dubbo is one in a handful of regional Australian areas benefiting from the Too Deadly For Diabetes Program which kicked off last year in partnership with the Dubbo Aboriginal Medical Centre (AMS).
The program, initiated by Ray Kelly from Ray Kelly Fitness, is for people with, or who are at risk of, type two diabetes and he desperately wants them to know that "it's not too late".
"As long as you're still drawing breath, then it's not too late," he said.
Currently, there are 13 Dubbo participants starting a 10-week program and a second group is in the process of being put together.
Mr Kelly said he set out on a mission to help people in regional areas with type two diabetes to "reverse" the disease in a bid to prove that his method work and help those to restore their declining health.
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"Type two diabetes is the fasted growing chronic disease in the world and there has been researching to prove that it is reversible," Mr Kelly said.
"The rates of type two diabetes are rising, and this has led to early death, and preceded by many years of poor health. Current treatments focus on the use of medications to reduce blood sugars.
"Blood sugars reduce, but the cause of the disease is not treated so the damage continues and medication is progressively increased over time."
Mr Kelly said the ultimate goal was to get people healthy enough they could get off insulin, help them to lose weight- as type two diabetes is caused by fat build up around the liver- and lower sufferers' HbA1c levels.
The program was also held in Dubbo in 2020 and the results proved to be astonishing, with the participants having shed more than 200 kilograms as a collective.
The program includes a meal plan which consists of affordable high protein foods and the implementation of an exercise program as well as having access to education, support and motivation. Participants are monitored and guided by AMS professionals along their journeys.
Mr Kelly said every person who completed the program would see a reduction in blood sugars, blood pressure, and in many cases medications. Mr Kelly, a proud Aboriginal man, said he was prioritising regional Aboriginal communities due to the higher statistics of type two diabetes due to the genetic construction of their bodies.
Aboriginal health practitioner Shari Piras said she was more than happy to welcome the program as she knew all too well the toll type two diabetes and heart disease could play on a person.
"I've watched a lot of family members go through type two diabetes and heart disease and seen them endure a lot, it's what made me want to get into health in the first place," she said.
Mr Kelly said type two diabetes significantly affects a person's eyes, heart and kidney health and could increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other disorders that caused dementia.
Mr Kelly and the Dubbo AMS are encouraging those interested in joining the program to reach out, as there are still spots that can be filled within the second group.
For more information visit toodeadlyfordiabetes.com.au.
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