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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.

Fear of hypoglycaemia impacts emotional well-being and diabetes management

A new resource from the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) details why people living with diabetes fear hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose levels) and how they cope with their risk of hypoglycaemia. The resource, which was developed by the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), in collaboration with Diabetes Australia, is entitled: Diabetes and emotional health: A handbook for health professionals supporting adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The ACBRD is a partnership for better health between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University.

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.

Could Metformin side effects be a thing of the past?

Could Metformin side effects be a thing of the past?

Researchers hope some side effects of metformin, such as unusual tiredness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, could be a thing of the past if they can answer one of the remaining riddles associated with the drug.

Dr Tongzhi Wu, from the University of Adelaide, was recently awarded a Diabetes Australia Research Program grant to help study how metformin is absorbed into the body and how it lowers blood glucose levels.

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