• World Diabetes Day 2014


  • Long hours may put workers at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes prompting Diabetes Queensland to call for employers to invest in the health of their workforce.


    New research from University College London found people in manual jobs working more than 55 hours or more a week were 30 per cent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those working 35 to 40 hours per week. 


    They analysed data from more than 222,000 men and women worldwide and found the increased risk remained even after taking account other risk factors like smoking, physical activity, age, gender and obesity.


    Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said the results were concerning for Queensland's blue-collar workforce in key industries including mining, construction and agriculture.


    "We would like to see Queensland employers actively supporting their people to prevent them developing type 2 diabetes by encouraging them to make healthy choices," Ms Trute said.


    "Long hours can make it hard for people to eat well at work so we are encouraging employers to educate their workforce on healthy choices and support them in making those choices part of their daily routine.

  • Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute today called on parents to ensure their children ate healthy breakfasts in the wake of new research which found skipping breakfast could increase a child's likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes in adulthood.


    Ms Trute said researchers in the United Kingdom had found children who ate high-fibre, cereal based breakfasts everyday were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than children who skipped breakfast or consumed low-fibre foods at the start of the day.


    "Researchers at thePopulation Health Research Institute at St. George's University of Londonexamined the eating habits of more than 4,000 children and took blood samples to test for diabetes risk factors," Ms Trute said.


    "Children who didn't eat breakfast had higher levels of fasting insulin and higher insulin resistance and both of these factors indicate a greater likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes."


    Ms Trute said the study emphasised how important it was for parents to ensure their children eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast every day.


    "Mornings can be a hectic time but this new research should be a reminder that a healthy, nutritious breakfast not only ensures children have the energy they need to get them through the day but helps set them up for a healthy adulthood," she said.


    "Diabetes Queensland recommends children eat high-fibre breakfasts that include breakfast cereals like oats, fruit and whole-grain toast and steer clear of breakfast cereals high in added sugar and white bread toast."

  • 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 report.


    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 continuously.


    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 glucose control.


  • 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 assessment."

  • 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 condition."


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  • Monash University 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 said.
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    Roche Diabetes Care has advised Diabetes Queensland of a rare issue with Accu-Chek Spirit Combo insulin pumps. In some pumps a power interruption may cause the date and time of the insulin pump to reset.


    Roche Diabetes Care advise that as a result, a shift of the basal rate time block would occur, which could potentially contribute to hyper- or hypoglycaemic events.


    Roche Diabetes Care is contacting all users of affected pumps. However Diabetes Queensland encourages people to check the date and time on their pumps to ensure it is correct. If you have any issues or questions please the Accu-Chek Customer Service Centre on 1800 633 457.

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