Research has uncovered a new gene that increases the risk of Type 1 diabetes in children.
This study, carried out at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and McGill University in Montreal, is expected to reveal further genes linked to Type 1 diabetes as the research continues.
The research was funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is published today in the journal 'Nature'.
"This is interesting new research that helps us to understand more about the genetics of Type 1 diabetes in children," said Dr Iain Frame, Research Manager at Diabetes UK.
"While we don't know exactly what causes Type 1 diabetes, we know it is due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors and that the peak age for diagnosis is 10 to 14 years old.
"Identifying genes that make children more likely to develop Type 1 diabetes allows us to understand more about the condition. In time, these findings could enable us to develop more targeted treatments for young people."