Diabetes and heart disease linked by genes, reveals study

A study has revealed that diabetes as well as heart disease is linked by our genes. Over 280 million people around the world suffer from type 2 diabetes. There was a large analysis done by researchers that took a look a genetic data to determine the cause of type 2 diabetes. They then tried to clarify how T2D and heart disease are linked.

Key Takeaways:

  • Type 2 diabetes (T2D) has become a global epidemic affecting more than 380 million people worldwide; yet there are knowledge gaps in understanding the etiology of type-2 diabetes.
  • Examining genome sequence information for more than 250,000 people, the researchers first uncovered 16 new diabetes genetic risk factors, and one new CHD genetic risk factor; hence providing novel insights about the mechanisms of the two diseases.
  • The researchers found evidence that, on the whole, the genetic link between the diseases appears to work in one direction, so that risk genes for type 2 diabetes are much more likely to be associated with higher CHD risk than the other way around.

“I’m hopeful that with the advanced genomic engineering techniques now available, we’ll be able to quickly convert our human genetics observations into concrete details regarding the molecular mechanisms involved in both heart disease and diabetes.”