Can You Inherit Type 2 Diabetes? Supercomputers Identify Rare Gene That May Increase Your Risk by 200 Percent
BY MEREDITH RUTLAND BAUER: A study published online in January 2018 in the journal Nature sheds light on the possible genetic factors behind type 2 diabetes, including a rare X-chromosome variation that appears to increase men’s risk for the disease by more than 200 percent. The study supports the familiar theory that you can at least partially inherit your risk for type 2 diabetes from a parent, meaning that if diabetes runs in your family, it may be especially important to make healthy diet and lifestyle choices to help minimize your risk of the disease. (read more)
BY ANA SANDOIU: As recent studies have pointed out, the rates of newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes among young people in the United States have been on the rise.
According to a 2017 report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, around 208,000 people in the U.S. under the age of 20 were diagnosed with diabetes.
The age at which someone is diagnosed with diabetes has been linked to a progression in cardiometabolic risk factors. The younger the age at the time of diagnosis, the more likely the people are to be obese, have higher levels of “bad” cholesterol, and experience faster deterioration of their blood sugar control. (read more)
BY ANGELICA LAVITO: A San Francisco start-up is combining food and technology to prevent diabetes.
PlateJoy, a personalized meal-planning company, is introducing an offering called PlateJoy Health: Diabetes Prevention. The company’s current platform gives people recipes based on their lifestyle and nutrition goals. This new system will combine the traditional service with additional tools like weight tracking and virtual coaching to treat people with prediabetes in an attempt to prevent them from developing Type 2 diabetes. (read more)
BY GINGER VIEIRA: Trying to sort through which supplements, diets, and other gimmicks might actually help you lose weight in today’s world is not an easy task.
BY MAX GOMEZ: Researchers have a found a surprising potential ally in the search for a cure for Type-1 diabetes.
It’s a rare tumor that produces a lot of what diabetics are missing — insulin.
Type-1 diabetics have two problems. Their own immune system destroys the beta-cells that make insulin. To cure diabetes, you have to stop that autoimmune attack and then replace the destroyed beta-cells.
That’s where the tumor comes in. (read more)