Diabetes test may save lives


WA Centre for Diabetes Research’s Grant Morahan and Diabetes Research WA’s Sherl Westlund.
WA Centre for Diabetes Research’s Grant Morahan and Diabetes Research WA’s Sherl Westlund.

A $75,000 grant from Diabetes Research WA has helped the WA Centre for Diabetes Research take information from the Fremantle Diabetes Study to see how accurate a genetic test into the development of heart disease among diabetics can be.

WA Centre for Diabetes Research’s Grant Morahan said the test had been put together with the help of experts both locally and internationally in Finland.

“In Finnish patients who had type 2 diabetes and were over 50 when recruited, those with a high genetic risk as shown by the test were more than three times more likely to have a cardiovascular issue such as a heart attack or stroke within 12 years,” he said.

“Importantly, this test can be applied years, or even decades, before symptoms show up.

“It is critical we now validate the test’s accuracy in Australia, and this new grant allows us to do that by drawing on information from the Fremantle Diabetes Study and the Royal Perth Hospital Diabetes Clinic Survey Database.”