Dr James Muecke highlights preventable killer Type 2 Diabetes
Article by Claire McDonnell Liu
Eye surgeon and 2020 Australian of the Year, Dr James Muecke AM, has spent his career fighting blindness. He now has Type-2-Diabetes, the leading cause of blindness in adults, in his sights.
Type 2 diabetes affects around 10% of Australians, it is the fastest growing cause of vision loss in Aboriginal people and the sixth-biggest killer in this country. Significantly, T2D is also preventable in the majority of cases.
1.7 million Australians live with type-2-diabetes. Many are not aware that their condition could be controlled, or even fully reversed, with food changes. Diabetics are often directed to follow a diet high in refined carbohydrates, foods with the potential to exacerbate blood glucose dis-regulation. Find a practitioner that supports type 2 diabetes management with low carb nutrition on our resources page.
A long list of serious health complications that includes sight loss or eye damage are associated with Type-2-Diabetes. As well as dramatically increased risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, narrowing of blood vessels (atherosclerosis); nerve damage (neuropathy), kidney damage, impaired healing from wounds; hearing issues, sleep apne
Dr James Muecke Highlights Disease Prevention
Eye surgeon and blindness prevention pioneer, Dr Muecke co-founded both Vision Myanmar at the South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology in 2000, and social impact organisation Sight For All. In the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours Muecke was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). He received the University of Adelaide’s Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Award in 2019.
Once appointed 2020 Australian of the Year, Dr Muecke immediately advocated for a tax on sugary drinks in the fight against Type 2 Diabetes. He has used his platform to tirelessly raise awareness of the role sugar and highly processed foods play in the rise of type-2-diabetes. Dr Muecke says, ‘we have a diet-fuelled disease that is avoidable, so we can stay silent no more’. James has kindly allowed Low Carb Down Under to re-publish this video highlighting preventable blindness caused by diabetes.
Watch the live event next week as Dr Muecke addresses politicians and media at the National Press Club where he will highlight the deepest political and commercial barriers that are contributing to our nation’s greatest health disaster. Book your ticket to attend on Tuesday 1 December, 12:30pm AEST.