In medicine, prevention means action taken to decrease the chances of getting a disease or condition.
For over 67 years, our primary focus has been to help people manage their diabetes, but now with your help, we are able to diversify our focus and make the old saying “prevention is better than cure” a reality. The real urgency to focus on prevention is fueled by the knowledge that South Australia has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the country, with 180,000 South Australians at risk of developing diabetes.
In our upcoming appeal we want to share the stories of some people living, working, striving, and driving type 2 diabetes prevention, and how and why they need you…
THE RESEARCHER – Dr Natalie Luscombe-Marsh
"I've seen firsthand the devastating impact diabetes can have on people mentally, physically and emotionally, and I want to strive towards leading a team to develop a prevention program that ultimately means people don't have to go through this", Natalie said.
"I want to be able to contribute to something meaningful to reduce the number of people who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and also help those who are identified as high-risk so that they don’t go on to develop the condition".
THE DONOR - Thea
“If I can help someone else and their family not to have to go through what I’ve had to for over 53 years, then that’s what I’m going to keep doing while I can,” said 83 year old Thea.
“I know prevention is better than cure, so even though I’m young now, I know that I need to fully understand all that I can to make sure I keep living a healthy life to prevent the risk turning into reality down the track,” said Josh.
“I think that prevention is the way of the future for so many people at risk of type 2 diabetes. Imagine being able to stop this condition from even starting, and how much better people’s lives would be. That’s why I’m doing everything I can to support the development of a prevention program”, said Josh.
The Diabetes SA team has developed a lifestyle change program named AUS2PREVENT that has been tailored to meet the needs of the South Australian community and our health system. With your support, the next stage is to rigorously test and trial this model with 600 participants at risk of diabetes or who have prediabetes.
This will occur over 12 months, and we anticipate that the results of the trial will not only demonstrate improvement in health and wellbeing of people at risk of diabetes but it will also demonstrate the significant cost savings to the government and the community.
Our goal from the trial is to show that the number of people who develop type 2 diabetes in our community can be reduced by up to 58% when people participate in a lifestyle change program.
To fund the prevention trial we require at least $670,000 and an all of community approach. Whilst we are pursuing various avenues of external funding your support today will bring us closer to our goal, but ultimately it may give someone you love in the future access to a life changing and lifesaving program.
Imagine if you could say…
- I made a difference in people’s lives today
- I helped change the future of type 2 diabetes
- I enabled a program to help future generations
CEO, Diabetes SA
Remember… All donations $2 and over, are tax deductible.