Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

With a view to understanding how exercise can be used as an effective medicine for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), Esme offers an overview of its pathophysiology.  We learn key factors relating to GDM risk factors, diagnosis and current treatment, so that as Exercise Physiologists we can position ourselves well to participate as a productive member of a multidisciplinary care team. There is opportunity for the literature to develop a better evidence base for using exercise as medicine for GDM. It is understood that the ability to increase glucose clearance, via GLUT4 expression, makes exercise a theoretically important tool. Esme gives her insight into the musculoskeletal, social and practical aspects of working with a woman in the late stages of gestation with GDM. She is faced with an immense responsibility- make a change to your physical activity-and make it quick! Supporting behaviour change in this key moment could make a difference in the way that this woman feels about her health behaviour confidence and consequently her exercise engagement during and beyond pregnancy. It is, indeed, a window of opportunity for AEPs to make a difference!

Presented by Esme Soan
Esme Soan is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and ESSA’s Women's Health Expert. She completed a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at QUT. As the director of Brisbane practice, Pear Exercise Physiology, she specialises in putting women’s health front and centre. In her research with The Centre for Nutrition and Exercise at The Mater Research & Griffith University Collaboration Unit, Esme focused on developing her skills in using exercise as an effective management of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). Esme is the Director of The Women’s Health Collective (WHC), a platform that brings women’s health experts from all areas of allied health, midwifery and psychology. Her impressive contribution earned her an International Women's Day Woman of the Year Award in 2018. 

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Name:  Laura King & Jo Tyler 
Company:  Education in Exercise 
Phone:  03 8679 6553