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Program Overview

Program Phases

Osteoarthritis Background

Measuring Waist

KicStart™ VLCD

Portion Control

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Important Safety Information


IMPORTANT: This program has been designed to assist you and your healthcare team, optimally manage a range of your modifiable health risk factors such as Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Osteoarthritis. It does not replace the advice given by your own healthcare professional or medical practitioner. Please consult your GP before commencing this program and attend regular checkups to keep them updated with your progress.

With calorie (or kilojoule) restriction, increased physical activity and weight loss you may experience substantial improvements in your blood glucose control, blood pressure or cholesterol. As your measurements change your GP or specialist may need to make adjustments to the dosage of some of your medication. Please consult your GP before making any adjustments to your medication. For specific advice on how best to manage your health risk factors please consult your GP, specialist or credentialled allied healthcare professional.

 

The Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight for Life Program™ has been designed to assist you and your healthcare team optimally manage a range of modifiable osteoarthritis risk factors.

It does not replace the advice given by your own health professional or medical practitioner. Please consult your GP before commencing this program and attend regular checkups to keep them updated with your progress.

Pre-existing Health Conditions and Medications

Extra caution and close supervision is necessary for patients with multiple co-existing conditions, those taking regular prescription medication (in particular warfarin, insulin, oral diabetes medication and blood pressure medication), those aged over 65, and those who have a history of
gout, gall bladder, kidney or liver problems.


With calorie (or kilojoule) restriction, increased physical activity and weight loss you may experience substantial improvements in your blood glucose control, blood pressure or cholesterol. As your measurements change your GP or specialist may need to make adjustments to the dosage of some of your medication. Please consult your GP or specialist before making any adjustments to your medication. For specific advice on how to best manage your health risk factors please consult your GP, specialist or credentialed allied healthcare professional.

Exercise Precautions

Before you start any new exercises or increase your level of physical activity more than usual, please check with your doctor first. They will determine if the additional activity or exercises are safe for you based on your health status and personal circumstances.


It is very important that you only do exercises within your physical capabilities. The exercises should not be difficult or cause you to be breathless – take your time.


Some minor discomfort may be experienced during some of the exercises or stretches. It is important that you do not continue exercising with increasing pain, or pain that is moderate to severe.

 

Dietary Precautions – lactose intolerance (bloating, wind pain, diarrhoea)

The protein used in the manufacture of KicStart™ is primarily dairy based therefore the shakes and soups do contain naturally occurring lactose. Those who have mild lactose intolerance or sensitivity may be able to utilise a lactase supplement (lactase is the enzyme that breaks down lactose) such as Lacteeze™ tablets to assist in reducing symptoms of lactose intolerance. Please discuss the available options with your local pharmacist.

Dietary Precautions - coeliac disease & gluten intolerance

For those diagnosed with coeliac disease, please be advised that the KicStart™ shakes are gluten free (no gluten detected to a sensitivity of 5ppm). The KicStart™ soups however do contain gluten (detectable at 80ppm) and should not be used by those with a gluten intolerance or allergy.

Dietary Precautions - general

If you have been advised at any time to follow specific dietary guidelines eg. low protein, dairy free, gluten free, nut free etc. or if you have a known food allergy please speak with your supervising healthcare professional about your specific circumstances before commencing the Healthy Weight For Life program.

Weight loss and VLCD potential adverse effects

Some people who use a VLCD report minor side effects such as fatigue, constipation, nausea and diarrhoea. These conditions are usually transient in nature, should improve within the first week and rarely prevent patients from completing the program.

Constipation & other bowel symptoms

Whilst KicStart™ contains 2 different types of soluble fibre, people who are accustomed to a reasonably high fibre diet or those who are prone to constipation may experience a level of constipation which can be quickly rectified by the addition of a daily fibre supplement such as Metamucil™ or Benefibre™.

Other supportive measures include drinking more water, getting plenty of regular exercise & ensuring any carbohydrates consumed are of the grainy variety eg multigrain bread, wholemeal pasta, brown rice, porridge oats or untoasted muesli.

For some individuals an increase in consumption of soluble fibre may result in flatulence and loose and/or more frequent stools in the first few days. The body usually becomes quickly accustomed to the additional fibre and rarely do people need to discontinue treatment.

If excess flatulence becomes a problem you may like to speak to your local pharmacy about using charcoal tablets for a few days to absorb the excess carbon dioxide being produced.

Headaches

Some people may experience headaches in the first few days upon commencing a meal replacement program. For many, simply increasing their water intake will help alleviate this. For others, a simple analgesic eg Panadol™ will help. It's important to know also that the headaches will not be permanent and will most likely disappear after a few days. If they persist however, please consult your GP.

Gout

Individuals with a history of gout should be aware that ironically both obesity and weight loss can be triggers for increased uric acid levels and could lead to an attack of gout. A base line serum uric acid measurement should be taken in those who have a history of gout and in addition it is recommended that they have their serum uric acid monitored regularly during their VLCD program. If any signs or symptoms of gout are experienced (sudden and significant pain, heat or inflammation in a joint), please consult your GP as soon as possible.

Gall Stones

One common side effect seen with any method of significant weight loss including VLCDs is gallstone formation. The symptoms of gallstone formation include recurrent pain in the upper abdomen or the back, nausea and vomiting, indigestion, flatulence or general discomfort in the abdomen. The exact reason for this is unclear but it may be that rapid weight loss tends to decrease the gallbladder's ability to contract to release bile and so the bile stays in the bladder for longer and hardens into stones. The symptoms are felt when a stone gets stuck in the neck of the bladder. If you have a history of gall stones and your gall bladder has not previously been removed, please consult your GP before you commence a program of weight loss to confirm it is appropriate for you. Those who have had their gall bladder previously removed should experience no effects.



Additional Help, Information, Support

Please contact the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life team on:

Phone: 1800 226 180 (free call)
Email: oa@hwfl.com.au
Web: http://oa.hwfl.com.au

Complaints or Concerns

The Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight for Life program is run by Prima Health Solutions Pty Ltd (Prima) for and on behalf of participating health insurance funds.

If you have a complaint or concern about any aspect of the Program please don't hesitate to contact Luke Lawler, Prima CEO and Scientific Director directly, on

Phone: 1800 226 180 (free call)
Email: luke@primahealth.com.au

About Prima Health Solutions

PRIMA is a quality certified health care organisation (AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015) that is dedicated to the research, development and remote delivery of specialised obesity related chronic disease management and prevention products and programs.

The PRIMA products and services include KicStart™ VLCD, the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight for Life program, the Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Healthy Weight for Life™ programs.