Rare Gene Mutation Reduces Risk of Diabetes

March 6, 2014 | Crandall & Pera Law
Rare Gene Mutation Reduces Risk of Diabetes

Doctors are researching a rare mutation so effective in preventing Type 2 diabetes that they are looking to mimic the mutation's effect in developing a new drug, according to a recent New York Times article.

The mutation destroys one copy of the gene ZnT8, which is used by pancreas cells where insulin is made, and reduces risk of Type 2 diabetes by two-thirds.

Those with the mutation seem to make slightly more insulin and have slightly lower blood glucose levels for their entire lives. Even older people with bad habits - overweight, drinking, smoking - seem to be protected from the disease when they have this mutation. Read the full details here:

Rare Mutation Kills Off Gene Responsible for Diabetes

A huge discovery may lead a new drug to ease or even eradicate Type 2 diabetes in the future. The ramifications of this discovery are staggering.

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