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Diabetic Genes Found in South Asians

Tue, 11 Oct 2011

Six genes which can trigger type 2 in South Asians have been identified by international researchers, with an Imperial College London team leading the research.

They consider the research is going to lead to screening techniques for the identification of those who are an especially high risk of the condition.

Eating more than necessary and undertaking inadequate exercise can trigger . Individuals of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi ethnic origin seem to be especially susceptible for genetic reasons.

Those with South Asian ancestry are up to four times more susceptible to developing this disease than Europeans.

Dr John Chambers from Imperial, senior author of the study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, said: "Our findings give important new insight into the genes underlying of diabetes in this population, which in the long term might lead to new treatments to prevent diabetes .

About 2.5 million people in Britain are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, according to the charity Diabetes UK, but another 800,000 or so could have it without knowing.
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