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Studies Uncover Genes Boosting Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Posted: October 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

(HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found several new genes that appear to increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Researchers say these findings bring to 10 the number of genes suspected in increasing the odds for type 2 diabetes, the most common, obesity-linked form of the disease. Understanding how these genes contribute to the disorder may lead to new strategies for prevention and treatment. The studies appear in the April 26 online editions of Nature Genetics and Science.

"This is clearly a start in understanding the disease," said Dr. Larry Deeb, president for medicine and science at the American Diabetes Association. "Type 2 diabetes is multifactorial, there is not one gene associated with it, and yet we know it runs in families, so it has to be genetic."

Deeb is not sure how much the genetic risk adds to the propensity for developing the disease. Either having or not having the genetic risk is not a guarantee of getting or not getting the disease, he added. Read more...

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