Media Releases

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.

Exciting new research could lead the way to a breakthrough in treating diabetes-related kidney disease

Metabolic memory, a phenomenon where episodes of hyperglycaemia continue to increase a person’s risk of diabetes-related complications long after blood glucose levels have returned to target range, is at the centre of a new study at Monash University.

In particular the new study is looking at ways of reducing the impact of metabolic memory in the hope of developing new treatments for diabetes-related kidney failure.

Update on the Continuous Glucose Monitoring Program

The Coalition’s 2016 Election commitment of $54m over four years to provide Continuous Glucose Monitoring through the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) to children and young people with type 1 diabetes was warmly welcomed by Diabetes Australia.

This was something we advocated for on behalf of Australia’s diabetes community.

Since then, Diabetes Australia has been working constructively with the Federal Government and the Department of Health to ensure the initiative is implemented successfully.

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.

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