According to a research team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, a gene known to cause type 2 diabetes has been found to significantly increase the chances of being overweight or obese during childhood.
The fresh research may open up new treatment pathways when it comes to counteracting the disease. Study leader Struan FA Grant was reported as commenting: “It has been a bit of a mystery to scientists how or even if these adult diabetes genes function during childhood. This finding suggests that there may be genetic activity during childhood that lays the foundation for the later development of type 2 diabetes .”
The study was published in the online version of popular diabetic journal Diabetes . The researchers investigated some 20 gene variants.

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