One Australian will develop diabetes every five minutes. That’s 100,000 people each year!
One Australian will develop diabetes every five minutes. That’s 280 people every day. 100,000 people each year.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that inflicts a path of destruction on the entire body, including the brain, eyes, heart and kidneys.
Not only can diabetes considerably shorten your lifespan, it can diminish quality of life, significantly. A host of diabetic complications such as kidney failure, nerve damage and Alzheimer’s disease can overshadow the years a person has left.
Michael Perich was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 50. He couldn’t understand why he developed the disease. He didn’t have a family history, and he felt he had a sensible and active lifestyle.
Michael has now been living with type 2 diabetes for over 20 years and the slow and menacing effects of the disease have been presenting themselves. Over the last 12 months, he has been hospitalised on six separate occasions. He has developed atherosclerosis, and dangerously high blood pressure. He has vision problems due to diabetic retinopathy, and chronic pain in his legs due to diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage.
“I feel as though my health is disintegrating, from all angles, I feel like I’m always waiting for the next health problem to appear.” — Michael
For him, a treatment to prevent the damage on his heart and body from diabetes, would mean more quality time with his family, especially his little grandson Lukas.
Sadly, Michael’s experience is not isolated or unique. His current health is consistent with what studies show is happening to millions of Australians with diabetes.
Associate Professor Judy de Haan and her team are working on a cutting-edge treatment that could help prevent heart attacks and strokes linked to diabetes.
The benefits of a drug like this could be far reaching, providing protection for the entire body.
We need your help to progress this research and to provide a healthier future for millions of people living with diabetes.
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