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Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are increasing at an alarming rate

Researchers at the Baker Institute are working on an innovative project to help protect the health of young Australians.

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The problem

The prevalence of metabolic disease in children and adolescents is increasing. Metabolic disease, or syndrome, is a collection of conditions that occur together, which increase their risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity, and abnormal cholesterol levels.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Health Survey, one in every four children are at risk of developing this condition. This growing pandemic needs our urgent attention and action now.

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Jacqui’s story

Jacqui Nielson is a proud mother of two beautiful little girls — Evie, who’s 3, and Harriet, who’s 6-months-old. Before she got pregnant, she considered herself to be quite a fit person, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet.

When Jacqui got pregnant, she kept up her exercise and healthy eating as best as she could. As you can imagine, she was shocked when she learned of her diagnosis in both pregnancies and she was worried how it would impact her children, and the implications it would have on their future.

Like all parents, she wants them to have the best possible start in life.

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Our researchers are analysing blood samples from 2000 pregnant women and their babies

The solution

Researcher, Dr Satvika Burugupalli, is leading an innovative project to help protect the health of young Australians.

Our researchers are analysing blood samples from 2000 pregnant women and their babies, at birth, at one year, and at four years old. By analysing the lipids, or fats, in their blood, we can begin to understand how a mothers’ health and lifestyle affects her children’s health outcomes in the future.

This groundbreaking research aims to identify causes of metabolic disease early in life and potentially advance our ability to prevent the incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes later on.

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Your generous gift today will help raise $350,000 to ensure we can continue to stop the next generation from developing these potentially fatal and debilitating diseases.

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With the rising number of Australians affected by diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the need for research is more critical than ever.

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