Race to beat di­a­betes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

UWA re­searchers, in­clud­ing Mt Clare­mont res­i­dent Markus Sch­laich, are play­ing a vi­tal role in in­ves­ti­gat­ing the role the sym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem could play in com­bat­ing di­a­betes.

Di­a­betes Re­search WA has been awarded new fund­ing to find out how to use the body’s sym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem to help re­duce rates of diet-in­duced obe­sity and type 2 di­a­betes.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Sherl Westlund said the group was ex­cited to chan­nel $80,000 into re­search by UWA School of Medicine and Phar­ma­col­ogy As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Vance Matthews and Prof Sch­laich from UWA.

Prof Sch­laich is also Head of the Dob­ney Hy­per­ten­sion Cen­tre at the Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal Cam­pus and the Neu­rovas­cu­lar Hy­per­ten­sion and Kid­ney Dis­ease Lab at Mel­bourne’s Baker IDI Heart and Di­a­betes In­sti­tute.

Ms Westlund said WA was home to some “in­cred­i­ble minds… rac­ing to un­cover new ways to be able to pre­vent the avalanche of type 2 di­a­betes cases pre­dicted to be di­ag­nosed in the com­ing years”.

Prof Sch­laich, a re­nal physi­cian and hy­per­ten­sion spe­cial­ist, said in­vest­ing in re­search was crit­i­cal to ad­dress the rapidly in­creas­ing bur­den of di­a­betes.

As­soc Prof Matthews said the re­search had the po­ten­tial to pro­vide “a fresh ap­proach to treat­ing obe­sity and type 2 di­a­betes through im­prov­ing blood sugar lev­els”.

Pro­fes­sor Markus Sch­laich.

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