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Gene Test to Spot Adults Who Might Get Diabetes

ype2 diabetes to develop better treatments,' Professor Froguel said.

Diabetes, which affects at least two million people in Britain comes in two forms. In type 1, which accounts for between 5 per cent and 15 per cent of cases and usually starts in childhood, the body cannot make insulin at all, and regular injections of the hormone are needed.

Type 2 diabetes is much more common, accounting for between 85 per cent and 95 per cent of cases, and generally begins after the age of 40. While the body still makes some insulin, it either does not make enough, or the body becomes resistant to its effects.

It is usually linked to obesity, though a family history of the condition is also known to raise the risk. It is not normally treatable with insulin injections or other drugs, and must usually be controlled by switching to a healthier diet or by losing weight.

This is indeed a very important discovery. Since there have been friends who were not obese, who did not smoke and followed a healthy diet and still developed type 2 diabetes, the genetic factor is the probable explanation. A thank you to the scientists working on this project.

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