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Gene to predict the risk of type 2 diabetes

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European descent seems to be a savior for type 2 diabetes patient. A gene variant present in them is found to treat diabetes to some extent as published in Journal of the American Medical Association. There is a clinical effect seen between the gene and risk of getting diabetes as compared to general population. As the link of the gene with diabetes is known, the researchers can even find out how it intervenes. The survey shows that there are 92.5 per cent of people with diabetes don’t have this gene. Investigators after studying three populations: about 6,500 Italian patients; close to 2,000 U.S. residents; and about 400 French people shows that study participants with type 2 diabetes, about 7 to 8 percent of people in each group had the variant of the HMGA1 gene. The gene appears to be involved in insulin resistance, a hallmark of diabetes. The advancements in the genetic pool shows that may one day gene may help predict individuals likely to develop diabetes. The study concluded that 7.7 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes have this gene variant. The disadvantage is that the ethnicity of the others is unknown.

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