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Certain rare gene mutations may lower diabetes risk

Recently, a study was conducted which looked at what effects certain gene mutations have on a person's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The study was recently published in the journal "Nature Genetics." The study involved a genetic analysis of around 150,000 individuals. A gene called the SLC30A8 gene was looked at in this analysis. Some of the individuals in the study had mutations in this gene.

The researchers found that individuals who had certain mutations in the SLC30A8 gene which resulted in the gene not coding for a zinc transporter protein that it normally does were 65 percent less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. These mutations are fairly rare.

It is not currently known what is behind the link the study discovered.

There are hopes that the discovery of the link and future discoveries that stem from it may, someday, lead to new treatments being developed for Type 2 diabetes. It will be interesting to see what developments are made on this front in upcoming years.

Millions of Americans suffer from diabetes. Some of the victims of this condition end up not being able to work due to its effects. Such diabetes sufferers may have many questions, such as:

  • What actions can I take to ensure that I am able to support myself?
  • Should I be seeking Social Security Disability benefits?
  • What do I need to do to apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

Bringing such questions to an experienced Social Security Disability benefits attorney can be helpful. Such attorneys understand the various aspects of the Social Security Disability system and can provide advice to individuals who are looking into the possibility of pursuing disability benefits in relation to diabetes.

Source: CBS News, "Genetic mutation may protect against Type 2 diabetes," Michelle Castillo, March 3, 2014

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