July 16, 2016 – Global Team Taps Into DNA Behind Type-2 Diabetes
An international team of scientists appears to be advancing knowledge about the genetic factors contributing to type 2 diabetes.
The researchers say they have also identified more than 12 genes that directly increase risk for the condition.
“Our study has taken us to the most complete understanding yet of the genetic architecture of type 2 diabetes,” said the study’s co-senior author, Michael Boehnke. He is director of the Center for Statistical Genetics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor.
“With this in-depth analysis, we have obtained a more complete picture of the number and characteristics of the genetic variants that influence type 2 diabetes risk,” Boehnke said. He made his comments in a news release from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford in England, which also contributed to the study.
One in 10 people globally either has type 2 diabetes or is predicted to develop it, according to background research with the study. Environmental factors such as diet and exercise, as well as inherited genetic changes, contribute to your risk of developing the condition, Boehnke and his colleagues explained.
Learning more about how these factors contribute to the blood sugar disease could lead to new ways to prevent or treat it, the researchers said.