Exciting developments in Diabetes research

A Bupa Community Forum at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research on December 17 will provide the latest information on how to improve quality of life with better management of Diabetes.  

  Joey Kaye
  Dr Joey Kaye
  Grant Morahan
  Professor Grant Morahan

Dr Joey Kaye, who is the Director of Diabetes Services at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands says that Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are different diseases but there have been some very exciting developments in both areas.

Dr Kaye says that in the past people with T1D have had to be very restricted with their routines, travel, choice of occupation and exercise; however, there are “now a number of advanced and sophisticated ways of using insulin which may allow patients to have more flexibility and freedom in their lives.

In addition, a number of exciting potential future therapies are being developed including the bionic pancreas, work with stem cells and glucose-responsive insulins”.

Dr Kaye says people with Type 2 Diabetes should also come along to the Bupa Community Forum to gain a greater understanding of their condition, particularly as they were often blamed for having the wrong lifestyle, which was unfair.

He says that as well as genetic factors being a driving force in developing T2D, there may also be a number of unavoidable lifestyle contributors including other medical issues and various socio-economic factors that limit food choices and exercise.

“I would definitely recommend that people exercise regularly as there are many health benefits, including prevention of diabetes, but unfortunately diet and exercise alone are often not sufficient to reverse T2D. The important thing is to learn to manage this condition properly with a balance between lifestyle measures and a range of new and emerging drug therapies,” he says. 

Professor Grant Morahan, the head of the Perkins Centre for Diabetes Research, will be revealing the latest medical research into Diabetes at the Community Forum.

These include discovering hidden ‘obesity genes’ that could change how Type 2 Diabetes is diagnosed as well as the latest  work on tests which will predict Type 1 Diabetes and the risk of developing complications.

Everybody with an interest in Diabetes is welcome to attend this free event, but bookings are essential. Call Jeanette on 61 51 0720 or email Jeanette.shorto@perkins.uwa.edu.au

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