Asian diabetes focus of study

Mon, 14 Jan 2008
According to a recent newspaper report, a fresh research team from New Zealand and Singapore are to launch a study examining the role of genes in the development of diabetes, and why Asian people are considerably more likely than Caucasians to develop the disease.

Asian people appear to have a predisposition to diabetes development, and the research team will attempt to examine why. The research will be conducted in a joint partnership between the Liggins Institute in the University of Auckland, and the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences.

The team will investigate how the breakdown of bodily conversion of food leads to diabetes and obesity . The director of the Liggins Institute, Peter Gluckman, reportedly commented: "You may be thin on the outside, but there may be a lot of fat inside you, which makes you susceptible to diabetes."
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