A new study in Melbournes west aims to prevent heart failure

Consultation in Central AustraliaResearchers are looking for 400 people aged over 65 years with type 2 diabetes in Melbourne’s west to take part in an important study to reduce the risk of heart failure.

The study could have important implications for the more than 1.5 million Australians living with type 2 diabetes. Currently, 280 Australians develop diabetes every day — that’s one person every five minutes.

And in the 3029 postcode, which incorporates the suburbs of Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Truganina, diabetes rates sit above the national average, according to data in the Australian Diabetes Map, which is derived from the National Diabetes Services Scheme database and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

While much attention has been given to complications of type 2 diabetes like eye and kidney disease not everyone is aware of the chilling link between type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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