The Leeming father of two was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 29 and, like many with the disease, he had to make some drastic life changes.
�The way I describe it is that I now have some strict rules I need to live by, which mainly revolve around what I eat and how to use insulin to keep my blood sugar levels under control,� Mr Baines said.
�These aren�t hard rules to live by, but they can�t be ignored or taken lightly either; to be blunt, I preferred the freedom I had before I was diagnosed and I�d love to get that back.�
Mr Baines volunteers his time to help lay out the e-newsletter for Diabetes Research WA in support of the charity�s groundbreaking work.
The 42-year-old is urging all West Australians to support diabetes research ahead of Diabetes Week, which runs from July 12 to 18.
�I want to change the rules for me and everyone else with diabetes,� he said.
�That will only be possible if researchers make a breakthrough in managing or curing diabetes so I�d love people to consider donating to this important cause.�
Diabetes Research WA executive director Sherl Westlund said the organisation needed ongoing support and urged people to consider becoming part of the group�s regular giving program.
�Our local researchers are on the brink of some incredible breakthroughs, with one team investigating a protein which appears to reduce diet-induced obesity and type 2 diabetes,� Ms Westlund said.
�Researchers are also looking to develop a test that could indicate a person�s chances of developing type-one diabetes and what types of complications they might expect.
�Even $20 a month gives our researchers the best chance of taking their discoveries from the laboratory and into people�s lives.�
Mr Baines and Ms Westlund will be guest speakers at the National Diabetes Week conference.