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SCI/TECH: Gene Variant Uncovered: Can Predict Type 2 Diabetes

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posted on Mar, 25 2005 @ 07:27 PM
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center today announced they have found a particular gene variant that could act as a predictor for type 2 diabetes. The variation in the gene ENPP1 was more common in up to 13 percent more people who had type 2 diabetes, and those at greater risk for the disease. Researchers have said that these results suggest that the variant may be used to serve as an important genetic marker in indentifying people at risk of type 2 diabetes.
In the study available online and scheduled to appear in the April issue of Diabetes, the researchers evaluated a specific gene in three study groups – South Asians, South Asians living in Dallas and Caucasians living in Dallas. Some study subjects suffered from type 2 diabetes, others had risk factors for the disease, while still others showed no signs of diabetes or any apparent risk factors.

"The implication from our study is that if a person has this gene variation, then – without waiting for the development of insulin resistance – he or she should be encouraged to follow lifestyle changes that could help prevent the onset of diabetes," said Dr. Nicola Abate, associate professor of internal medicine in the Center for Human Nutrition and the study's lead author.

Type 2 diabetes has become a serious health problem, particularly in light of the growing number of overweight and obese individuals in the United States, Dr. Abate said. In type 2 diabetes, cells ignore available insulin (insulin resistance) and not enough insulin is produced to maintain plasma glucose within a normal range. While obesity is one of the

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This may prove to be very exciting news for these scientists as they may have uncovered a very useful tool. This research may lead to the production of a gene which may help millions of people. I have personally not been affected by diabetes but find it very reassuring that this type of work and research is being carried out.

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