Di­a­betes on the rise

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Curtin Univer­sity’s Dr Hani Al Salami is work­ing on new treat­ments.

fifth in the world in terms of preva­lence. The cost is ex­pected to in­crease by half a bil­lion to $1 bil­lion a year, and life ex­pectancy is about 10 years lower among di­a­bet­ics.”

Dr Al-Salami said there was a strong global drive to de­velop bet­ter treat­ments.

His lab at Curtin is cur­rently us­ing nano and mi­cro tech­nolo­gies to de­sign and engi­neer unique cap­sules that can be loaded with drugs or liv­ing cells and trans­planted in to the body.

The rea­son for the vari­a­tion in the rate of di­a­betes across Aus­tralia has com­plex and en­twined causes, Dr Al-Salami said.

“Causes may in­clude ac­cess to

health, types of em­ploy­ment com­monly avail­able (e.g. fly in/out vs. farm­ing), ge­netic her­itage, back­ground and so­cial norms, avail­able food sources … it is im­pos­si­ble to pin­point to one cause as the rea­son for the vari­a­tion,” he said.

Dr Al-Salami has two main steps for peo­ple to re­duce the risk of be­ing di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes.

“Firstly, in­crease their knowl­edge on what di­a­betes is and how it is treated.

“Se­condly, change their life­style to re­duce pos­si­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes, bear­ing in mind that ev­ery in­di­vid­ual is dif­fer­ent in terms of how our bod­ies re­spond to life­style changes.”

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