‘Dramatic’ rise in diabetes
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.