ERICA Smyth has lived with Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 22 and wants to help WA researchers 'tie down and nail' the condition this World Diabetes Day.
After her diagnosis 40 years ago, the Jolimont resident made it her mission to play a part in understanding the disease, which is why she is encouraging people to get behind Diabetes Research WA’s ‘Tie It Down and Nail It’ campaign on November 14.
Globally, World Diabetes Day is symbolised by a blue circle logo.
‘We wanted something everyone could do on this day so we’re asking people to paint their nails blue or wear one of our exclusive Diabetes Research WA blue hummingbird ties,’ Ms Smyth said.
‘Our ‘Let’s Tie It Down and Nail It’ campaign is a way of driving awareness of the quality research being done in diabetes here in WA. With 3.6 million Australians affected by diabetes or pre-diabetes and the cost to the economy now at $6 billion a year, it’s paramount we keep funding research that can turn these statistics around.’
Ahead of World Diabetes Day, Diabetes Research WA is also presenting a free public seminar, 10 Years Of Discovery: Changing the Future, in Nedlands.