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About 650,000 Victorians drink sugary drinks daily, put health at risk

As many as one in four adults in some parts of regional Victoria drink sugary drinks every day, despite being a contributor to high rates of overweight and obesity. Around one in nine Victorian adults – the equivalent of about 650,000 people – drink sugary drinks every day, and one in two Victorian adults are overweight or obese, new figures show.

The 13 health and community organisations behind Rethink Sugary Drink say the latest data from the Victorian Population Health Survey highlights the impact regular sugary drink consumption is having on Australia’s weight problem.

Back to school – do we have a safe and fair playground for kids with type 1 diabetes?

Back to school – do we have a safe and fair playground for kids with type 1 diabetes?

A lack of a clear, consistent national approach to supporting children with diabetes at school means the parents of more than 11,300 Australian students with diabetes are enduring an anxious start to the school year.

If not treated appropriately type 1 diabetes can pose immediate life-threatening health risks and must be considered with the same seriousness as acute asthma attacks and anaphylaxis.

Diabetes Australia CEO A/Professor Greg Johnson said the organisation was calling for a nationally consistent program and a more systematic approach to supporting children with diabetes at school and in child care.

High intensity interval training could help prevent type 2 diabetes

New research at the University of Queensland and funded by Diabetes Australia will investigate if short bursts of high intensity exercise could be key to helping people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes.

The research, led by Dr Shelley Keating, is one of four new research grants across Queensland announced by Diabetes Australia today.

“Non alcoholic fatty liver disease is common and a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes,” A/Professor Greg Johnson, CEO of Diabetes Australia said.

New research could help pave the way for a cure for type 1 diabetes

A new research grant, funded by Diabetes Australia, will help researchers explore why a sugar-coated protein found in the body helps protect against type 1 diabetes and whether this could possibly lead to a new treatment to prevent the condition.

The research, led by Dr Maria Esther Bandala-Sanchez at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), is one of 15 new grants awarded to Victoria-based researchers announced by Diabetes Australia today.

“Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition requiring constant attention. It places a huge burden on families. There is currently no cure or prevention possible for type 1 diabetes and this is our great hope – that we can contribute to a cure through supporting the best diabetes researchers,” Diabetes Australia CEO A/Professor Greg Johnson said.

It’s time to recognise distress caused by diabetes

A new National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) resource has recently been released titled Diabetes and emotional health: A handbook for health professionals supporting adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. This resource has been developed by the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), in collaboration with Diabetes Australia.

This new handbook gives health professionals the strategies and tools to better recognise emotional problems and to work with people with diabetes to reduce the significant psychological burden that can be caused by diabetes. One of the chapters in the handbook, Diabetes distress, focuses on the emotional distress resulting from living with diabetes and the burden of daily self-management.

Federal Parliamentarians get their eyes checked to mark World Diabetes Day and the “Eyes on Diabetes” campaign to prevent blindness

Over 25 federal MP’s and Senators will have their eyes checked at Parliament House on 23 November using a special camera which photographs the retina to enable early detection of diabetes-related damage to the eyes.

The event is co-sponsored by two Parliamentary Friends Groups - the Diabetes group co-chaired by Rowan Ramsay MP and Graham Perrett MP; and the Eye Health and Vision Care group co-chaired by Hon Amanda Rishworth MP and Dr Andrew Laming MP (who is also an eye specialist). Minister for Health Hon Sussan Ley MP will speak at the event.

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