The Power of a Multi-disc Approach: Diabetes Management

Living with diabetes can be challenging but manageable with the right support system. Diabetes is not just about monitoring blood sugar levels; it’s about managing the emotional and physical aspects that come with it.

That’s where a multidisciplinary team can work together to make a significant difference in the lives of those dealing with diabetes. Below are a few options on how clinicians can work together to support individuals living with diabetes.

Mental Health OT

When it comes to diabetes, psychological well-being is just as important as physical health. Stress and emotions can profoundly impact diabetes management and overall well-being. A Mental Health OT can help to navigate the emotional challenges that may arise.

Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist

Exercise, weight and physical activity play a pivotal role in diabetes management. An EP can design a tailored exercise plan that considers the client’s health condition, weight (particularly for those with Type 2 diabetes), ability, and lifestyle. They focus on improving balance, cardiovascular fitness, and muscle strength. They can also assist in developing an exercise program.

Alternatively, a physio can diagnose and treat various movement and muscle health conditions. They can help with rehabilitation, injury management, and overall physical function.


Nutrition is a cornerstone of diabetes management. A dietitian can provide support and guidance to create a tailored eating plan for your specific nutritional needs and medical conditions. This can help people with diabetes monitor and control the impact of diabetes on their daily lives.

Additionally, the dietitians assist with developing and understanding diabetic specific diets, including how food interacts with your diabetes medications, diet management of diabetes where appropriate, understanding the impact of food types on your blood sugar levels, and diabetic cooking and recipes.

Multi-disc Collaboration

Recovery Station has all of these disciplines as part of our team, which means that our client ends up with the best possible diabetes management plan.

For example, our dietitian may work closely with our EP to ensure the diet supports the custom exercise program. Similarly, a Mental Health OT can help you cope with the emotional challenges of managing diabetes.

The key takeaway is that managing diabetes goes beyond blood sugar monitoring and medication. It’s about addressing the physical, emotional, and lifestyle factors that influence the health of those living with diabetes.

With the support of a multidisciplinary team, our clients with diabetes can more effectively navigate the complexities of the disease and improve their overall quality of life.

For more information on understanding diabetes and where to start, speak with our friendly team at Recovery Station on 1300 588 851.

Until next time,

Side Note: Please note that the information given above is general in nature; please consult your physician or therapist if you have any particular questions.