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Co-author Fast Living, Slow Ageing

Professor Christopher Thomas is a physician and a scientist.  His work links the complex disciplines of biochemistry and biology to the real needs of real people.

His research laboratory is situated at the JDRF/ Danielle Alberti Memorial Centre for the study of Diabetes Complications at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. Their work is focused on reducing the burden of diabetes and kidney disease in Australia. They explore the underlying mechanisms of how these two conditions damage key organs in the body, essentially leading to accelerated ageing. In particular, their work focuses on advanced glycation, inflammation, oxidative stress and obesity, the four main elements of ageing.

Dr Thomas has published over 150 articles in many of the worlds leading medical journals. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes Australia, the Australian NHMRC, Kidney Health Australia and the National Heart Foundation also support the work of Dr Thomas.

Christopher is co-author of the book ‘Fast living, Slow ageing’  which provides an opportunity for the general public to get into the mind of a real scientist; to discover how things really work and how to make the most of our choices based on evidence and understanding. Dr Thomas has a unique knack for being able to make the most complex science seem common sense. Without avoiding the details, he has been able to fashion a logical and likable narrative, that everyone can follow.

Blog entries by Christopher Thomas

  • Quitting smoking reduces diabetes risk

    Could it be that quitting smoking reduces diabetes risk?

    This article discusses smoking as a risk factor for type 2 d..Read more

    This article discusses smoking as a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and how to help reduce the increased risk of diabetes when quitting smoking.

  • Excess calories and aging

    Excess calories is one of the biggest problems as we age

    The biggest health challenge we face as we get older is not so much cancer, heart attack or diabetes, but its direct antecedent - th..Read more

    The biggest health challenge we face as we age is the accumulation of fat in our tissues, which results from consuming excess calories. Learn more here.

  • About the stress response

    How does our stress response work?

    When someone is faced with impending (or perceived) danger, the human body's natural stress response is "fight or..Read more

    This post discusses the three key parts of the stress response and what you can do to relax easily, laugh more and stress less.

  • Risk of developing diabetes

    What's your risk of developing diabetes?

    Diabetes occurs when there is damage to the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, and here we explain how you can determine if you ..Read more

    For every year we have type 2 diabetes, we can effectively add a year to our age; a 60-year-old with diabetes for 10 years has the life expectancy of a 70-year-old.

  • Supplement to reduce Advanced Glycation End products

    The browning of proteins by sugars (known as Advanced Glycation End products) is not the only element that leads to agi..Read more

    Taking a supplement to reduce Advanced Glycation End products in the body is a good way to avoid the issues they cause when aging.

  • Lower high levels of LDL cholesterol

    How to lower high levels of LDL cholesterol

    Having high levels of LDL cholesterol can heighten your risk of heart attach and stroke. Here we explain what LDL cholesterol actually is, and how..Read more

    Having high levels of LDL cholesterol can heighten your risk of heart attach and stroke. Learn how to reduce your 'bad' cholesterol here.

  • About advanced glycation end products

    What are advanced glycation end products?

    The chemical products of spontaneous reactions between sugars and proteins are known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Here we explain what..Read more

    The chemical products of spontaneous reactions between sugars and proteins are known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Learn more here.

  • How to build strong bones

    Regular exercise and calcium and vitamin D rich diets result in strong bones and prevent osteoporosis, according to the Exercise and Sports Scien..Read more

    Regular exercise and calcium and vitamin D rich diets result in strong bones and prevent osteoporosis. Learn how to build strong bones here.

  • How to measure stress

    Measuring stress levels

    We all know we are stressed from time to time, but how do we actually go measure stress?  A stress response that is inadequate leads to problems - either too much st..Read more

    A stress response that is inadequate leads to problems - in fact, stress can be a killer. Learn how to measure stress and slow aging as a result.

  • Can hormone replacement therapy slow aging?

    What is hormone replacement therapy?

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is widely used by women who want to manage their menopausal symptoms. HRT effectively treats hot flushes, vaginal dr..Read more

    Can hormone replacement therapy slow aging? Women often sleep better, have increased mental focus and energy, and heightened libido after HRT.

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