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Response to toxic hormones study

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There is a story in today's Daily Telegraph about a study into a hormone called amylin that it suggests could offer a cure for diabetes.

But we at Diabetes UK do not think this study represents a breakthrough in our understanding of diabetes.

Dr Alasdair Rankin, Director of Research at Diabetes UK, said: “Amylin has been studied in diabetes for many years. This study was done in mice and not in people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and does not change our understanding of what causes the different types of diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are two very different conditions.

"We don’t know exactly what causes Type 1 but many possibilities have been suggested and amylin is just one of these. We know that in Type 2 diabetes there are several factors that increase a person’s risk, including ethnicity, age, family history and being overweight.

"So while there is no way to reduce your risk of Type 1 diabetes, the most effective way to reduce your risk of Type 2 is to keep to a healthy weight by eating a healthy balanced diet and being physically active.”

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