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Tuesday 20th November: 1pm – 2pm (QLD Time Zone)

Pre-diabetes-Diabetes, Presenting the Best Pathology Tests for Deriving Early Blood Sugar System-Regulation with Dr Elizabeth Steels


Diabetes is becoming one of Australia’s biggest health issues. More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year. Nearly 300 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes.


With a possible 25% of Australia’s already in the early stages – a condition called Glucose Intolerance or Pre-diabetes – screening and early diagnosis needs to become a priority. Every person needs to have these very easy and inexpensive blood tests regularly. The test of choice is the newest test on the block called HbA1c, to be used in conjunction with the more established tests.

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease in which the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin and/or gradually loses the capacity to produce enough insulin in the pancreas. When the pancreas does not produce insulin, blood sugar levels become elevated and this has serious consequences for the circulatory system, eyes (blindness) and nervous system and the renal system.

Type 2 diabetes is associated with modifiable lifestyle risk factors, diet (low in vegies, fiber, protein, high in processed foods) and high sugar-rich, exercise, smoking, alcohol. Type 2 diabetes also has strong genetic and family related risk factors.


About: Dr Elizabeth Steels
BSc. (Hon.), Grad. Dip Nutrition, Grad. Cert. Education, PhD.

Elizabeth is a clinical biochemist and nutritionist with 30 years’ experience as a clinician and educator as well as drug trial research and regulatory affairs.

For the past 15 years Elizabeth has focused her skills in the Nutraceutical industry including product development, formulations, clinical trials and regulatory affairs. She is also well published and lectures in biomedical sciences at Universities and other tertiary institutions. She is the Research Director of Evidence Sciences and an adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Sunshine Coast University.

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