Ge­netic bid to beat di­a­betes

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Cathy O’Leary

■ Perth re­searchers will use a unique “gene mine” based on mice to work out the best diet to pro­tect from type 2 di­a­betes.

It could lead to ad­vice to stick to a low-car­bo­hy­drate diet or avoid a high­pro­tein diet, de­pend­ing on peo­ple’s dif­fer­ent ge­netic make-up.

Lead re­searcher Grant Mo­ra­han, who will re­veal de­tails of the project at a Di­a­betes Re­search WA sem­i­nar next month, said the study would help peo­ple choose their ideal diet to re­duce the chances of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes.

More than 1.7 mil­lion Aus­tralians have di­a­betes and 85 per cent are type 2. Pro­fes­sor Mo­ra­han said there was a maze of diet in­for­ma­tion and though ad­vo­cates of­ten sug­gested their diet was good for ev­ery­one, this was very un­likely.

The project will also in­volve re­searchers from China and the US, and will draw on the Gene Mine de­vel­oped by WA’s Cen­tre for Di­a­betes Re­search.

The re­source con­tains the en­tire mouse genome, or ge­netic blueprint, al­low­ing re­searchers to fast-track com­plex ge­netic stud­ies.

Di­a­betes Re­search WA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Sherl Westlund said the study was im­por­tant be­cause diet and ex­er­cise had emerged as cru­cial fac­tors in many cases of type 2 di­a­betes.

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