Federal and state governments and private health
insurance companies should support a more integrated and
comprehensive approach to insulin pump therapy and related new
technology so that more Australian families affected by type 1
diabetes can benefit from treatment advances, according to a new
Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson
said that while there are 118,000 Australians with type 1 diabetes,
only 12 per cent (14,990 people) have access to insulin pump
therapy due to cost, access and limited availability.
"Australia is lagging behind the US which has
about twice the level of access to insulin pump therapy for people
with type 1 diabetes," Prof Johnson said.
Insulin pump therapy can be life-changing and
together with new technologies such as continuous glucose monitors,
potentially life-saving for people with type 1 diabetes.
An insulin pump is a small battery-operated
electronic device about the size of a mobile phone and is worn 24
hours a day. The rapid acting insulin is delivered via an infusion
set which is inserted under the skin, delivering insulin
Research has shown that insulin pump therapy can
reduce the frequency of severe hypoglycaemia as well as improve the
quality of life of pump users. Using a pump may improve blood
Diabetes Queensland is encouraging shift workers to assess their
risk of type 2 diabetes after a new study found they were more
likely to develop the disease.
The international study, published in Occupational and
Environmental Medicine, claims the disruptions to a shift worker's
body clock could affect waistlines, hormones and sleep which all
contribute to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said the research
highlighted how important it was for shift workers to take steps to
reduce their individual risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
"Researchers found the overall risk of developing type 2
diabetes among all shift workers was nine per cent higher than
people working 9-5 office jobs," Ms Trute said.
"However, for men doing shift work the risk of developing the
disease increased by 34 per cent.
"If the roster involves working different parts of a 24-hour
cycle, then it raises the risk of type 2 diabetes by 42 per cent
compared to people working a fixed shift pattern.
"We are encouraging all shift workers to put their health first
by visiting the Diabetes Queensland website and taking a free risk
50,000 Queenslanders are missing out on vital education that is
putting them at a higher risk of limb amputations, blindness and
other debilitating complications associated with diabetes.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute marked National Diabetes
Week (13-19 July) by encouraging health services to collaborate to
ensure people receive consistent and credible education across all
of Queensland to manage the condition and avoid complications.
"Unmanaged diabetes is a ticking time bomb and when it goes off
it can lead to blindness, limb amputation, kidney disease and other
potentially fatal conditions," Ms Trute said.
"Diabetes can lead to serious, and ultimately, fatal
complications and it is critical people are aware of what they need
to do to manage the condition.
"Diabetes Queensland's research has found more than 25 per cent
of Queenslanders with diabetes, or around 50,000 people, have never
received the kind of structured education required to ensure they
have the skills and knowledge to manage this complex
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A majority of Aussie adults are eating biscuits and cakes more
than they are eating fruit.
While 58 per cent of adults are eating fruit every day, 68 per
cent are opting for biscuits and cakes, according to results from a
recent Australian Health Survey.
Diabetes Queensland credentialled diabetes educator Fleur
Cross said while the survey found the average Australian's
daily kilojoule intake had fallen slightly, the results were still
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researchers have found Metformin can be used to prevent insulin
resistance developing into type two diabetes.
Researchers conducted a trial with 120 obese women and found women
using Metformin had improved insulin resistance and weight loss. These effects
were seen in women with excess abdominal weight, but not in those
who were morbidly obese.
"These promising findings could have a significant impact on the
treatment of people at risk of diabetes and, ultimately, reduce the
number of new cases of [type 2 diabetes]," Monash University
Director of Women's Health Group Professor Susan Davis