Scientists in Oxford believe they have identified a gene which could play a key role in the development of Type 2 diabetes.Currently, the research has only taken place on mice, but a lack of this particular gene was found to cause a reduction in insulin production.“This is a classic example of how research funded by Diabetes UK has the potential to make a real difference to the lives of people with diabetes," said Dr Angela Wilson, Director of Research at Diabetes UK.
"Type 2 diabetes results from a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. We know that a healthy diet and regular exercise can help reduce the risk of people developing the condition and is important in its management. A better understanding of the genetics of diabetes will help us to develop new treatments. These, in turn, will hopefully reduce the number of people who go on to develop serious complications, including strokes, heart attacks, blindness and kidney failure."