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Understanding the link between high levels of cholesterol and type 2 diabetes

Scientists have established that accumulation of fats in the liver can lead to the development of pre-diabetes, however less is known about the role of cholesterol in this context. New data suggests a link between cholesterol and glucose in the liver. Unfortunately scientists don’t yet understand how they link together.

Dr Anna Calkin, from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, is using a Diabetes Australia Research Program grant to tackle this question.

Looking at the best balance of macronutrients for people with diabetes

Macronutrients – carbohydrates, protein and fats – are the essential building blocks of everyone’s diet. The human body needs three main macronutrients: protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Eating these in the right proportions is important for everyone including people living with type 2 diabetes, however scientists still don’t have a consensus on the best balance of macronutrients for people with type 2 diabetes.

Psychological barriers to insulin therapy may delay timely treatment

New research shows that one in four Australians with type 2 diabetes is not willing to use insulin despite their doctor’s recommendation, with this group reporting more concerns or fears about the insulin therapy.

Diabetes Australia CEO, A/Prof Greg Johnson said “Insulin therapy is important and necessary for hundreds of thousands of Australians with type 2 diabetes – there are currently nearly 1.1 million Australians already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and over 250,000 of these people are using insulin to manage their diabetes – but more people need to use insulin and we need to address the psychological barriers to this necessary treatment.”

Parliamentarians to pursue diabetes checks

Pathology Awareness Australia and Diabetes Australia are inviting parliamentarians to have diabetes checks at Parliament House to monitor their own health status and learn about the importance of pathology monitoring for the 1.25 million Australians living with diabetes.

As part of the Detecting Diabetes event on 22nd March at Parliament House, politicians and staffers will be offered HbA1c blood tests, which can be used to diagnose and monitor diabetes.

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