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Aiton S, Muntiljarra Band, Anderson R, Kefu TLK
Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
This YouTube video aims to raise awareness among Indigenous people about the risk factors for developing diabetes. It uses the animated story of four families of animals to highlight the effects of eating fast foods and drinking sugary drinks on the body, particularly the effects on the pancreas (produces the hormone insulin, which helps to control the amount of sugar in the blood).
The video explains how an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to the development of diabetes, which can lead to further health issues including blindness, heart disease, and kidney problems. In the video, it takes the visit of a goanna (an important symbol in Indigenous culture) to help the animal families understand diabetes, the complications, and how to manage the complications. The video has a strong message about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating well, reducing the intake of sugary drinks and being involved in physical activities.
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This research project used genetics as a tool to understand more about disease in Aboriginal Australians.