27 Jul 2016

Media mentions: Diabetes, obesity, diet and immune system health

25/07/2016 Professor Paul Zimmet, Department of Medicine:
“The way the global data on diabetes has been collected has been inconsistent and not of the standard needed for public health planning to address what is now one of the largest chronic disease epidemics in human history. Over 12 per cent of global health expenditure is directed to diabetes treatment."
Link: http://www.australiaplus.com/international/study-and-innovation/impact-of-global-diabetes-vastly-underestimated/7647894

20/07/2016 Professor Wendy Brown, Department of Surgery:
“The best thing you can do in life is just to never put that weight on because once you have that fat there the body is always going to want to replenish the stores.
Link: http://health.thewest.com.au/news/3010/wrestling-with-weight-problems
“They don’t have to have perfect weight loss,” Wendy Brown, director of Monash University’s Centre for Obesity Research and Education, said. “They don’t have to get to an ideal body weight to have substantial benefits. We know that people can get some really good health benefits just by losing 10 per cent of their body weight, that might be only 10kg for some people.”
Link:  http://health.thewest.com.au/news/3015/fighting-weight
26/07/2016 and 02/08/2016 Department of Gastroenterology on prebiotic fibre diet research:
Encore screening of two part ABC Catalyst show first screened August 2014.
New research has linked the Western diet to asthma, autism, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, emphysema, cancer, and the list goes on. The reason a healthy diet could be even more important than previously thought is because food affects the bacteria deep inside our guts. Unbeknownst to most of us, we each carry about 1.5 kg of bacteria – that’s trillions of tiny microbes that contribute 100 times as many genes as our genomes do. In the last ten years, a technological revolution means scientists are now beginning to discover just how crucial these microscopic creatures are to our overall health...and what they’re learning is shaking the very foundations of medicine and nutrition. See full transcript
Link: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4506661.htm

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