‘Dra­matic’ rise in di­a­betes

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Jes­sica War­riner

NA­TIONAL Di­a­betes Week has shone a spot­light on the chronic con­di­tion, with peo­ple in Bel­mont more likely to be di­ag­nosed than their Vic­to­ria Park neigh­bours.

Across Aus­tralia, 4.7 peo­ple per 100 be­tween 25 and 64 years old are es­ti­mated to have di­a­betes, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Health Pol­icy Col­lab­o­ra­tion’s data.

This in­creases to 5.4 per 100 in the Bel­mont, As­cot, River­vale and Kew­dale area.

Over the bor­der, an es­ti­mated 4.5 lo­cals per 100 in Vic­to­ria Park have di­a­betes and the fig­ures worsen go­ing south, with 6.1 per 100 peo­ple in north Can­ning.

Curtin Univer­sity School of Phar­macy’s Dr Hani AlSalami said the num­ber of peo­ple be­ing di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes was dra­mat­i­cally in­creas­ing.

“In Aus­tralia alone, one per­son is di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes ev­ery five min­utes,” Dr Al-Salami said.

“Pos­si­ble rea­sons in­clude change in life­style and liv­ing longer. In ad­di­tion, the sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in di­a­betes preva­lence is contributed to the cur­rent treat­ments not be­ing com­pletely ef­fec­tive, and the need for more ro­bust treat­ments that work bet­ter than cur­rent ones to bring symp­toms un­der con­trol in a safe way. Cur­rently di­a­betes costs Aus­tralia $10 bil­lion a year and we are fifth in the world in terms of preva­lence. The cost is ex­pected to in­crease by up to $1 bil­lion a year and life ex­pectancy is about 10 years lower among di­a­bet­ics.”

Dr Al-Salami said there was a strong drive glob­ally to de­velop bet­ter di­a­betes treat­ments and his lab at Curtin was cur­rently us­ing nano and mi­cro tech­nolo­gies to de­sign and engi­neer unique cap­sules that could be loaded with drugs or liv­ing cells and trans­planted into the body.

Dr Al-Salami had two tips to re­duce the risk of di­a­betes.

“Firstly, in­crease your knowl­edge on what di­a­betes is and sec­ond, change your life­style – eat a bet­ter diet and ex­er­cise,” he said.

Dr Hani Al-Salami is work­ing on new di­a­betes treat­ments.

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