A new finding by scientists at Imperial College London, reported yesterday for its implications in establishing genetic proneness to diabetes, could apparently explain up to 70 per cent of the genetic background of type 2 diabetes. For diabetics, and those who may one day be diagnosed, the news is groundbreaking.
The researchers worked closely with Canadian colleagues to identify several key points on each individual’s genetic map that correspond to developing the condition. From this the experts can develop a clear genetic test to identify the disease early.
A single genetic mutation could explain the cause of type 2 diabetes, and lead to a greater range and accuracy of treatments in the future . The mutation occurs amongst the zinc transport system, and may be able to be remedied amongst diabetic people. This could avert the impending healthcare crisis caused by diabetes.
The research manager of Diabetes UK, Dr. Framen, reportedly commented: “We have known for some time that family history plays a part in whether or not someone might develop Type 2 diabetes. While it is still early days, the results of this research look promising as they could potentially help the early identification of people with a genetic risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In the longer term they could perhaps lead to better treatments for people with the condition.”

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