Is Bitterness Sensitivity Linked To Type II Diabetes?

by Aruna on  July 13, 2009 at 12:00 PM Diabetes News
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Is Bitterness Sensitivity Linked To Type II Diabetes?
Kansas State University research team, including an Indian origin scientist, is studying whether an individual's bitterness sensitivity can help predict his/her risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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Lead researcher Kathy Nguyen, senior in public health nutrition along with colleagues Koushik Adhikari and Mark Haub, are studying the genotypes of diabetic and non-diabetic individuals to determine the possible link.

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For the study, Nguyen is collecting cheek cell samples from about 60 men and women between the ages of 40 and 70. The sample includes people with and without type 2 diabetes.

The researchers will later genotype two variations within a DNA sequence to determine whether the individuals are supertasters, tasters or non-tasters of bitterness.

Supertasters are more sensitive to bitterness than tasters, and non-tasters are not sensitive.

The team hopes that by understanding whether bitterness sensitivity is linked to type 2 diabetes, there is a potential to screen individuals for bitterness sensitivity, and to use that information as a predictive marker for the disease and other chronic disease such as heart disease and obesity.

"This is a preliminary stage with a small sample size," Adhikari said.

"The study has to be repeated with a larger population of different ethnicities to arrive at any meaningful conclusions. However, Kathy will establish the protocol for this project," he added.

Source: ANI
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