Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION -

DUR­ING Na­tional Di­a­betes Week, we’re urg­ing the com­mu­nity to fo­cus on what they can do to help beat the con­di­tion, which is grow­ing at an alarm­ing rate.

It can be frus­trat­ing for peo­ple wait­ing for med­i­cal re­search break­throughs be­cause they can be few and far be­tween. It’s a frus­tra­tion we share. We would love for these to be reached faster but if we’re to reach our dream of a di­a­betes cure, we need to move be­yond that. The al­ter­na­tive – to stop re­search al­to­gether – is un­think­able be­cause it has helped us come so far al­ready.

In 1897, the av­er­age life ex­pectancy for a 10-year-old child di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes was about one year. Thanks to med­i­cal re­search, they can now live well into old age.

Still, med­i­cal re­search is costly. The more sup­port we get, the quicker we can get life-chang­ing answers. And the lit­tle things go a long way; do­nate that spare $5 to re­search, sign up to vol­un­teer for re­search stud­ies, spread the mes­sage about our work, at­tend an event or hold your own fundraiser. SHERL WESTLUND Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Di­a­betes Re­search WA

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