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Have you got type 1 diabetes?

Do you think a short exposure to high blood glucose is bad for you? Maybe not according to UWA‘s recent research.

About the study:        

As you well know, years of exposure to high blood glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes increases their risks of developing long term complications such as retinopathy, cardiovascular diseases and kidney failure to list a few. This is believed to be due to high blood glucose levels causing the production of too many free radicals. But what about a short exposure to increased blood glucose levels such as in response to a meal? To our surprise, we found that a short duration rise in blood glucose does not increase the levels of free radicals. We now aim to understand our findings as ultimately they may force us and clinicians alike to revise the way we manage blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes.

Participants:

We are looking for people with type 1 diabetes aged 18-35.

This study will consist of two testing sessions held at the School of Human Sciences, University of Western Australia. You will need to fast beforehand and then ingest a carbohydrate solution to increase momentarily your blood glucose levels, with insulin injected afterwards to normalise your blood glucose.

Benefits for participants:

The proposed study will provide important clinical information that may force us and clinicians alike to revise the way we manage blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes.

Any costs involved with transport or accommodation will be reimbursed.

If you’re interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Kate Sherwood (0474 635 528 or 21498924@student.uwa.edu.au), Beth Fisher (0430 027 399 or beth.fisher@research.uwa.edu.au) or Professor Paul A. Fournier (08 6488 1356 or paul.fournier@uwa.edu.au).

 

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