Chantelle

"Thanks to diabetes research, my life has changed. I can now safely eat out with my friends and enjoy avocados again!"

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Will you help people like Chantelle to Live Well with Diabetes?

I know you believe in what we do. The people we help. The research we facilitate.

ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation was launched two and a half years ago. Since then we’ve supported five practical research projects that help the 1.7 million Australians diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 diabetes improve their quality of lives.

But now we want to do more. Much more.

With your support we want to bring together more researchers, clinicians, carers and people with diabetes to find high quality, practical and innovative solutions for living well with diabetes every day. We want to share research outcomes and help develop more programs which are run for, with and by members of our community that have a lived experience of diabetes and the complex issues often associated with this. And, simply put, we want to help more people.

People like Chantelle.

Chantelle is 22 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six. She is in her final year of university completing her Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics, enjoys swimming on the weekends, is a massive foodie and uses an insulin pump to maintain her blood glucose levels in the optimal range.

Last year, Chantelle was a participant in a research project, led by Dr Kirstine Bell and funded by ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation, around how different types and amounts of fat affect blood glucose levels and insulin requirements.

In the past, Chantelle calculated her doses solely on the amount of carbohydrate in her meal, this new research shows dietary fat also affects blood glucose levels and insulin needs.

“I had very little knowledge on how to use the dual wave function on my insulin pump, even though I’ve had diabetes most of my life,” says Chantelle.

“I’m now aware of how fat impacts on my blood sugar levels and I can practically manage my doses. To be able to eat out with my friends and enjoy avocados again (one of my favourite foods!) is life changing.”

Dr Bell said previously there was limited understanding about how high fat meals affected blood glucose levels and the project came about because the type 1 diabetes community felt there was a need to delve further.

“Our research has really validated what the community had been telling us,” says Dr Bell.

“Without this research, people with diabetes and diabetes health professionals haven’t known where to start with adjusting insulin for fat – they’ve been flying blind. This research provides the evidence base as well as practical solutions people can use straight away.”

Your support today will help fund research projects that educate more diabetes health professionals and help more people living with diabetes, just like Chantelle.

And the impact of your donation will potentially minimise the day-to-day burden of living with diabetes and reduce the risk of life-threatening complications.

But we can’t do this alone. We really need your support to focus on new interventions in practical research. We know what we do helps. We now want the chance to do MORE.

So, donate NOW to help change the lives of people with diabetes.

  • $50 will provide one hour of research assistance
  • $100 will cover the cost of glucose analysis laboratory consumables for 50 samples
  • $200 will support the audio transcription of at least 80 minutes worth of research interviews
  • $500 will fund just over three days of practical research.

But we really need you to act now.

Your gift can really make a difference to so many people with diabetes who deserve to live well.

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About Us

The ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation (ADRF) is a registered charitable trust under the Taxation Administration Act 1953 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission Act 2012. It also has Deductible Gift Recipient status allowing donations to be tax deductible with the Australian Taxation Office.

ADRF is governed by a trustee company Board of Directors who receive independent specialist advice from a Research Council comprising prominent health academics. The Research Council is currently chaired by Professor Trisha Dunning AM.

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) is our national peak body for health care professionals providing diabetes care and education since 1981. ADEA has approximately 2,000 members covering general practitioners, nurses, midwives, dietitians, pharmacists, podiatrists, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists. ADEA established ADRF as part of its strategy to contribute towards diabetes research.

For further information please email admin@diabetesresearch.org.au or call (02) 6287 4822.