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Type 2 diabetes indicators 'identified'

Type 2 diabetes indicators 'identified'
8th September 2009

Older people with a growing problem may be a step closer to getting improved treatment for their issue, according to new research.

In research entitled Genetic variant near IRS1 is associated with type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia, scientists discovered a number of common variants in genes which contribute to the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Dr Iain Frame, the director of research at Diabetes UK, said the latest research published in Nature Genetics is viewed as a good thing as it furthers the cause of treatments for type 2 diabetes.

He continued: "The researchers have indicated that the value of this research is that it may lead to the production of a drug that improves the way insulin works in muscle tissue but they haven't said how they might go about doing this.

"So we are some way off seeing any direct patient benefit from this research."

Mr Frame still asserted that people must remember that the combination of genetic and lifestyle factors contribute to type 2 diabetes, particularly being overweight, and these should be avoided if possible.

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