Benefits of interrupted sitting for diabetes

We sit at work. We sit at home. We sit in the car. We sit down to eat. We sit at in front of the tv. We sit at the movies. It is clear we spend a lot of our lives sitting. But, as plenty of new research seems to confirm, all this sitting is not be good for us.

One thing researchers have learnt is that prolonged sitting is associated with sustained higher blood glucose levels which, over time, can contribute to the development of a range of diabetes-related complications.

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.

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.

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