Diabetes & The Gut: Closer to a cure?

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Can paying attention to our gut health help prevent, cure or better manage type 1 & 2 diabetes, including those linked to statin medications?

WA experts presented a live seminar in Perth on Wednesday July 17 to share their insights with over 300 enthusiastic attendees.

  • Type 2 & The Gut

Professor Fergal O’Gara from Curtin University spoke about modern medicine and health care practices being transformed by the realisation that our health and disease can be strongly influenced by the population of microorganisms that inhabit our gut (referred to as our microbiome).

Professor O’Gara discussed how nutrition and therapeutics such as statins may influence the microbiome with follow-on consequences for maintaining the balance between health and the onset of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

  • Type 1 & The Gut

Professor Liz Davis from Perth Children’s Hospital & The Kids Institute shed light on the research project happening in Perth, the national Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity (ENDIA) Study.

The research is investigating if the bacteria in a mother’s digestive system can influence the health of babies, including the recent discovery of different viruses in the gut of pregnant women with type 1 diabetes.  This could lead to potential new targets for prevention of type 1 diabetes and ward the lifelong condition off. 

Professor Davis is a Paediatric Endocrinologist, Head of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Perth Children's Hospital and a Telethon Kids Institute Senior Clinical Lecturer. The Post newspaper shared her research here

  • Food & Gut Health                                

Professor Amanda Devine from Edith Cowan University discussed how patterns of eating impact gut health, chronic disease and wellbeing. She is a co-author of Gut Feeling: Mindful Menus for the Microbiome.                                      

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  And attendee's like Ethan got to meet Jamie Cripps from the West Coast Eagles

  Jamie and Ethan live with type 1 diabetes and both love their footy.

  Diabetes doesn't stop them from playing and enjoying the game.

  Their both our champions. Thanks for sharing our great day. 

       

                            

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