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Genes That Cause Diabetes Risk Identified

by Medindia Content Team on May 10, 2006 at 10:53 AM
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Genes That Cause Diabetes Risk Identified

Scientists have found a gene that increased Type 2 diabetes in overweight mice, a development they say may help find new treatment for the condition in humans.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the condition, with an estimated 16 million Americans afflicted with the disease. Often, the development of the disease is caused by obesity.

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Researchers led by Alan Attie at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studied obese mice and discovered the gene, reported the health portal EurekAlert.

Genetic factors are believed to account for roughly half of an individual's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Knowing which genes contribute to the onset of the disease would help develop profiles of obese individuals at the greatest risk, Attie said.

--Edited IANS
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