Researchers recently released a study showing that a rare gene mutation prevents people from developing type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body develops a resistance to insulin, the hormone responsible for sugar uptake.
This causes the buildup of more sugar in a person’s blood than normal, which places him or her at risk for several secondary conditions. The study found that the removal of the ZNT8 gene helps to reduce the risk of diabetes by 66%.
The results of this research may someday be used to develop a medicine to help people afflicted by diabetes. [Read more…]