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Genetic variant linked to coronary artery disease in diabetes uncovered

Genetic variant linked to coronary artery disease in diabetes uncovered
29th September 2011

Scientists have identified the first genetic variant linked to the severity of coronary artery disease in people with type 2 diabetes, who may be using assisted living.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis said that while the variant is not the cause of more severe forms of the disease, it implies a gene that could be.

This highlights the potential of genes for treating coronary artery disease in patients with diabetes.

Cardiologist Richard G Bach said: "There is a knowledge gap in our understanding of diabetes and how it promotes both coronary artery disease and worse outcomes for patients who have diabetes.

"Any insights into what might be causing this may benefit patients in the future."

In other news, a soy protein could have a positive impact on the arteries of older women, according to research published in journal Stroke.

Soy protein was found to reduce the progression of clogged arteries in women who were within five years of the menopause.

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