March 1, 2012

Study Shows: T2Diabetes Varies

Who would have though it? The picture of type 2 is different that what folks may think.



ScienceDaily (Feb. 9, 2012) - The largest genetics study to date of type 2 diabetes (T2D) has identified new gene variants associated with risk for the common metabolic disease. An international scientific consortium, studying multiethnic populations, uncovered genes that may point to biological targets for developing more effective drugs for T2D.Multiple genes and environmental factors interact with T2D, which affects nearly 300 million people worldwide. The majority of the gene variants remain undiscovered.

Study identifies gene variants among multiple ethnic

Scientists have identified only about 10 percent of the genetic variants contributing to T2D, and most previous studies have been based on people of European ancestry," said senior co-author Brendan J. Keating, PhD, of the Center for Applied Genomics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This international study found that many gene variants associated with T2D overlap across multiple ethnic groups." The current study included subjects with African-American, Hispanic, Asian and European ancestry.
What is important here? What you think you know about diabetes (any type), from late night comedians and snaky comments about weight is probably wrong. Is the image of Type 2 one of cellular biology, no body image maybe. Perhaps that needs rethinking.