Glasgow professor to speak on reversing diabetes in Wollondilly

Professor Mike Lean

Professor Mike Lean

Diabetes is a "global emergency" that's getting worse.

But Professor Mike Lean thinks there's a way to reverse this and he's bringing his work to Macarthur.

The professor will speak about his groundbreaking research into diabetes remission at a community forum at Wollondilly Shire Hall this Sunday, May 19.

The presentation will be Professor Lean's only public speaking appearance while visiting Australia from Glasgow University.

Western Sydney University professor David Simmons will chair the forum.

He told the Advertiser diabetes affected about three quarters of the population.

"That's people who are diagnosed or have family with diabetes," Professor Simmons said.

"About 25 per cent of all patients at Campbelltown Hospital have diabetes.

"It is a global epidemic and Professor Lean is looking at ways to turn that around."

Professor Simmons said the visiting professor had been involved in several studies in the UK which proved it was possible not just to manage diabetes, but to actually make the condition go away.

He said the South Western Sydney Local Health District's Diabetes Obesity Metabolism Translational Research Unit was looking to hold a similar study in Wollondilly in future and the upcoming forum was a great chance to learn more information from the pioneering Professor Lean.

The talk - Can Type 2 diabetes be put into remission? - will run from 2pm-3.30pm, with light refreshments served from 1.40pm.

For more information about the community forum, contact Rhonda Willis at r.willis@westernsydney.edu.au or 4634 4581.