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Study probes diabetes link to population genes

11 December 2011

HYDERABAD:

An average Indian newborn weighs 700 grams less than its European counterpart. Yet, their absolute fat masses are on par. At birth, these children are already adipose (fat) and exhibit some degree of insulin resistance when compared to European babies.

This difference persists as they grow, such that the average age of diabetes diagnosis in India is 10 years lower than Europe, according to published medical literature.

Now a collaborative study led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has discovered that changes in a few genes found in South Asian populations, which are known to pre-dispose people to type-2 diabetes and lipid metabolism, could throw light on understanding the genetic basis and in future lead to medical therapies…….

Read more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/article2706663.ece

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Written by csirindia

December 12, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Posted in CCMB

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