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Diabetes gene identified

12th February 2007

UK scientists believe they have plotted the genetic make-up of a person at risk of type 2 diabetes.

The team from Imperial College London say they have found four points on the gene map which are strongly linked to a person’s risk of diabetes.  The scientists believe they have uncovered a particular gene mutation which is a zinc transporter involved in the regulation of insulin. They now hope their discovery will help unlock ways to mend this transporter and provide sufferers with better treatments.  Professor Philippe Froguel from the Imperial College team said, "Our new findings mean that we can create a good genetic test to predict people's risk of developing this type of diabetes. If we can tell someone that their genetics mean they are predisposed towards type 2 diabetes, they will be much more motivated to change things such as their diet to reduce their chances of developing the disorder.â€?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disorder and affects over 1.9 million people in the UK. It develops when the body cannot make enough insulin and in most cases is linked with being overweight.  As obesity levels in the UK rise, more and more children and young people are being diagnosed with the condition which has traditionally affected those over the age of 40.


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