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Getting to the heart of it

People living with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease but there are currently no specific treatments for people with diabetes-related heart disease.

This is a problem Dr Miles De Blasio from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is trying to solve and he thinks the answer may already be with us – in our hearts.

“People living with diabetes have reduced amounts of a protective protein called adiponectin,” Dr De Blasio says.

Ryzodeg Listing on the PBS statement

Diabetes Australia applauds the decision by Health Minister Greg Hunt and the Federal Government to list Ryzodeg on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 30 July 2018.

Ryzodeg is a combination of ultra-long acting and rapid-acting insulin delivered in a once-daily injection that will eliminate the need for multiple daily injections and make diabetes management easier and less intrusive for some people.

Insulin injections are one of the most intrusive parts of living with diabetes. All people living with type 1 diabetes who are not using insulin pumps and many people with type 2 diabetes have to inject themselves with insulin multiple times during the day.

Investigating the link between type 2 diabetes and dementia

Every day scientists are learning more about the links between type 2 diabetes and dementia. Both conditions can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life as they age.

This why Diabetes Australia is supporting research into how a process known as oxidative stress contributes to the development of both conditions.

Dr Camilla Hoyos from the University of Sydney is leading a project which is using MRI scanning to assess levels of oxidative stress within the brain.

People with diabetes could be big winners from My Health Record

Australians with all types of diabetes, who often see a range of health professionals to manage their condition, could see the biggest health benefits from having a My Health Record.

My Health Record is an online health record, that enables the safe storage, access and sharing of important health information. It will improve communication between GPs, endocrinologists (diabetes specialists), diabetes educators, optometrists, podiatrists and other health professionals that provide care to people with diabetes.

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