Gene identified that may increase the risk of diabetes 2Posted: Updated:
Researchers are reporting they may have identified a gene that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Researchers in Iceland have linked a variation in one of the body's genes with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.
The discovery comes after studying hundreds of thousands of gene variations in people with and without diabetes. In fact, people with two copies of this variant were at an even greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes than those with one copy.
Scientists believe the variant gene may cause a lower than normal insulin secretion, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes. The gene is called CDKAL1.
Another study released in the Journal Science points to 5 genes associated with type 2 diabetes.