Diabetes on the rise
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.”