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Rare Gene Mutation May Prevent Diabetes, Nature Genetics Reveals


3/3/2014 8:25:59 AM

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Scientists have identified a rare gene mutation that prevents Type 2 diabetes, the New York Times reported. In a study of 150,000 people, researchers identified a mutation that destroys a gene used by pancreas cells – where insulin is made. People with the mutation were found to produce slightly higher levels of insulin and have slightly lower blood glucose levels for life. As a result, that the mutation reduces diabetes risk by two-thirds – even among people who are overweight.

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