UK: Diabetes genes in South Asians found

They believe the research will lead to screening techniques to identify those at a particularly high risk of the condition.

While it is known that eating too much and not taking enough exercise can lead to Type 2 diabetes, those of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi ethnic origin appear to be particularly susceptible for genetic reasons too.

Those of South Asian ancestry are up to four times more likely to develop the disease than Europeans, both because they tend to have lifestyles that put them at higher risk and due to heretirary factors.

Dr John Chambers from Imperial, senior author of the study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, said: “Our findings give important new insight into the genes underlying of diabetes in this population, which in the long term might lead to new treatments to prevent diabetes.”

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