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“Lean” Gene Supposedly Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

by Kathy Jones on  June 27, 2011 at 7:59 PM Genetics & Stem Cells News   - G J E 4
Researchers from the Medical Research Council project in Cambridge revealed that people who have a specific type of "lean" gene may be at a higher risk of suffering from type II diabetes even though they may look trim and fit.
 “Lean” Gene Supposedly Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
“Lean” Gene Supposedly Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
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The researchers found the gene, known as IRS1, which will reduce the amount of fat below the skin but increase the risk of type II diabetes and other heart problems.

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The study was published in the journal Nature Genetics and involved researchers from 10 different countries.

Commenting on the finding, lead researcher Dr Ruth Loos said, "People, particularly men, with a specific form of the gene are more likely to be lean and to develop heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In simple terms, it is not only overweight individuals who can be predisposed for these diseases, and lean individuals shouldn't make assumptions that they are healthy based on their appearance."

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