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Adding to its roster of healthcare offerings, the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe announced yesterday that it can provide customers with a score that predicts their risk of type 2 diabetes. Currently, the tests doctors use to screen for this condition are based on lifestyle factors and family history—it’s unclear how much of an improvement this test could be.
People develop type 2 diabetes when their bodies stop producing and using insulin, the hormone that helps control blood sugar levels, properly. Things like poor diet, lack of physical activity, and obesity can put people at risk of getting this condition—but genetics play a role, as well. People with a family history of type 2 diabetes are more likely to have it than those without: Over a lifetime, someone with one diabetic parent has a 40 percent risk of developing the condition, and two parents with the condition increase that risk to 70 percent.
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There aren’t individual genes that, on their own, significantly raise someone’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But there are dozens of genes that seem to be involved in the process. 23andMe...
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