People who are likely to develop diabetes can be detected
about 10-years before the onset of symptoms with the help of a simple blood
test. US scientists have identified certain chemical metabolites present in the
blood which are linked with type-2 diabetes and are caused by the failure of
Several times the condition goes undiagnosed and an early
blood test would help diagnose the people at risk before they develop any
complications. Thus they would get timely health advice and medical treatment. Researchers
from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston analyzed blood samples of
people with type-2 diabetes for the presence of chemical metabolites and
compared it with the samples taken at the beginning of the study. They found that
the levels of 5amino acids- isoleucine, leucine, valine, tyrosine and phenylalanine
were higher among people with diabetes.
The study has been published in the journal Nature Medicine.