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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (Baker Institute) is an independent medical research facility. The Institute’s work extends from the laboratory to wide-scale community studies with a focus on diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The Baker Institute is well positioned to address these challenges. The Institute’s team includes cardiologists, diabetes physicians, bench-top scientists, epidemiologists, dietitians, psychologists, nurse educators, renal specialists and physical activity experts. Together, they are working to translate laboratory findings into new approaches to prevention, treatment and care.

The Institute’s main laboratory facilities are located on the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct in Melbourne. The Institute also has a research facility in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory dedicated to Indigenous health, as well as a preventative health research hub in South Australia and a growing research presence in Singapore.

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Eating out the Healthy Way

Knowing how to choose a healthy meal when eating out is a valuable skill, especially if you eat out often. This guide helps identify healthier choices.

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Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid (PUFA) is a type of healthy fat found in a variety of foods.

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Dietary fats

Healthy ‘unsaturated’ fats should be included in your diet everyday. This may help improve your overall heart health. Unhealthy ‘saturated and trans’ fats should be limited.

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High blood pressure and salt

If you have high blood pressure, lowering your salt intake may reduce your blood pressure.

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Healthy Eating for Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes (GDM) occurs when glucose levels in the blood are higher than usual during pregnancy. This can put the health of you and your baby at risk. Healthy eating specific for GDM can help achieve good blood glucose control and healthy weight gain for mother and baby during pregnancy.

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Plating it up: the portion guide

Most dinner plates and bowls are too large which can make portion control challenging.

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Weight and your health

Controlling your weight via a combination of healthy eating and regular daily exercise reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, including having a fatal heart attack or stroke.

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Blood pressure and your health

Lowering your blood pressure by modifying your lifestyle and eating habits reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, including having a fatal heart attack or stroke

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Diabetes and your health

Regulating your blood sugar level by modifying your lifestyle and eating habits, combined with regular medical check-ups can help to prevent complications from diabetes.

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Label reading

This fact sheet gives you guidance on understanding how to read nutrition information panels to help you identify healthy choices.

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