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New Variant of Type 2 Diabetes Discovered in White Europeans

According to researchers from the University of Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy, white European descent people are more prone to Type 2 diabetes owing to a mutation in the gene HMGA1. The results of their study appear in the March 2011 issue of the JAMA.

Earlier studies confirmed a link between the protein HMGA1 and the regulators of insulin in the body. The present study was intended to learn more about the association of the variants of this gene with Type 2 Diabetes.

The research reveled that most of the patients this disease have the common variant, IVS5-13insC, of the HMGA1 gene.

The experts believe that the course of the disease along with its treatment might be different for the patients with the variants of this gene.

Further insight on the role of this gene can be known by extending the study to other racial groups in the population of the United States.

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