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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.”

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