Predicting Diabetes Risk - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/31/07

Predicting Diabetes Risk

It's not hard to figure out that someone is at risk of Type 2 Diabetes if you know that they are overweight, don't exercise and have a strong family history of the disease. But now, researchers at UCLA say they've discovered a way to predict diabetes in patients who don't fit the mold.

"Some of these markers can actually be measured fairly consistently and reliably long before the disease occurs," said Dr. Simin Liu, Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA.

The research team at UCLA has found that, whether a person is obese or not, a high level of 3 proteins made by our fat tissue can predict a significant risk of developing diabetes. And that protein level can be checked by a simple blood test.

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