How can Allied Health help with Diabetes?
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How can Allied Health help with Diabetes?

How can Allied Health help with Diabetes?

Diabetes. You most likely know someone who has this chronic condition. But did you know that Allied Health practitioners are commonly part of the wider care team of someone living with Diabetes?


Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or can’t use it as well as it should.  When there isn’t enough insulin, or cells stop responding to insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream. Over time, this can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.


Allied Health professionals play a crucial role in the management and treatment of Diabetes. Through their specialized skills and expertise, Allied Health practitioners contribute to a comprehensive approach that promotes better Diabetes outcomes, enhances patient education, and improves overall quality of life. Here are some ways in which Allied Health can help someone living with Diabetes:

  1. Diabetes Education and Self-Management: Allied Health professionals, such as Diabetes educators and Dietitians, are instrumental in providing education and support to individuals with Diabetes. They teach essential self-management skills, including blood glucose monitoring, medication management, and healthy lifestyle choices. By empowering patients with knowledge and practical strategies, Allied Health practitioners help individuals take an active role in managing their condition and making informed decisions.
  2. Nutrition Guidance: Dietitians and Nutritionists are vital in Diabetes care as diet plays a significant role in managing blood sugar levels. Allied Health professionals can create personalized meal plans that focus on balanced nutrition, portion control, and carbohydrate counting. They also provide guidance on healthier food choices and teach patients how to read food labels effectively, empowering them to make informed decisions regarding their dietary habits.
    • Amy Peng is our Dietitian at BSSC. She is a professional member with the Dietitians Association of Australia, Diabetes Australia, and Parkinson’s Victoria.
  3. Exercise and Physical Activity: Allied Health practitioners, such as Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists, assist individuals with Diabetes in developing and implementing suitable exercise routines. Regular physical activity helps control blood sugar levels, improves insulin sensitivity, and reduces the risk of complications associated with Diabetes. These professionals can create tailored exercise plans, monitor progress, and provide guidance on appropriate activities, ensuring that exercise is safe and effective for individuals with Diabetes.
    • At BSSC, we have a dedicated Clinical Pilates studio and a Rehabilitation Gymnasium.
      • Our Pilates classes are monitored by our trained Physiotherapists and Myotherapists.
      • To be able to use our Rehab Gym, you will need to book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists for them to be able to complete a full assessment of your condition and needs, and to build your program around this. We offer casual and 3 month gym memberships.
  4. Foot Care and Podiatry: People with Diabetes are prone to foot-related complications, such as neuropathy and foot ulcers. Podiatrists, who specialize in foot care, play a crucial role in preventing and managing these complications. They provide regular foot assessments, educate patients about proper foot care practices, and treat any existing foot problems promptly. Allied Health professionals contribute to early intervention, reducing the risk of serious complications and amputations.
  5. Mental Health Support: Diabetes management can have a significant psychological impact on individuals. Allied Health professionals, including Psychologists and social workers, offer valuable mental health support to patients with Diabetes. They address issues like Diabetes-related distress, anxiety, depression, and adjustment difficulties. By providing counseling, coping strategies, and emotional support, these practitioners help individuals navigate the emotional challenges associated with diabetes.
    • Robert Postlethwaite is our Clinical Psychologist. Rob specializes in how chronic pain impacts on most aspects of a person’s life and coping with it is a huge psychological challenge for individuals.
  6. Collaborative Care: Allied Health professionals work closely with other members of the healthcare team to provide comprehensive and coordinated care for individuals with Diabetes. They collaborate with Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, and other specialists to ensure integrated management of the condition. Through their collective efforts, they optimize treatment plans, monitor progress, and address any barriers or challenges that patients may face.


Allied Health professionals play a vital role in the management and care of individuals with Diabetes. By providing education, guidance, support, and specialized services, they empower patients to take control of their condition and improve their overall well-being. The interdisciplinary approach facilitated by allied health practitioners enhances the effectiveness of diabetes management and contributes to better health outcomes for individuals living with this chronic condition.


If there is a part of your condition or injury that you are struggling to understand, be sure to seek clarification with your medical professional. None of the information in this article is a replacement for proper medical advice. Always seek advice from your trusted medical professional regarding your health and/or medical conditions.