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Gene Mutation Lowers Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

“Scientists have uncovered gene mutations that slash the risk of Type 2 diabetes regardless of age and weight, offering drugmakers a novel target to combat one of the major health threats confronting the modern world,” according to Bloomberg News. The genomes of older people with excess weight, “prime targets for Type 2 diabetes who nonetheless had normal blood-sugar levels,” were studied. Researchers found that variations of the SLC30A8 gene resulted in lower risk of diabetes. “A drug mimicking the mutations would provide a unique way to hold the disease at bay, the researchers said in a report yesterday in the journal Nature Genetics.”

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.