Three new genes predisposing people to develop Type 2 diabetes have been identified by scientists.
The study, jointly led by researchers at the University of Oxford and the Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, found that there are two common “versions” for each of the genes.
One is associated with an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and the other with reduced risk. Each high-risk version increases the risk by between 10 and 20 percent.
“Diabetes UK welcomes these exciting findings," said Dr Iain Frame, Research Manager at Diabetes UK.
"It’s important to remember that Type 2 diabetes is a genetic condition and not just associated with lifestyle factors.
“This discovery will help us get closer to unravelling the genetics of the condition. If we can understand more about the genetics we can make real progress towards the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.
“Diabetes UK funded the original collection of samples at the beginning of this study. It is thanks to the collaborative efforts of Diabetes UK, a number of excellent researchers and the Wellcome Trust that this discovery has been possible.”
The findings are published online today in the journal Science.