Genetic bid to beat diabetes
■ 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.