An Early Detection Test for Diabetes

An Early Detection Test for Diabetes

Diabetes has become a serious health problem across the globe. There is no potential cure of the disease but early detection of the disease proves helpful for the patients.

Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed a simple blood test which can detect the risk of type II diabetes ten years before the symptoms appear. The test involves the measurement of small molecules in the blood.

A sample test was conducted on 2,422 health volunteers, out of these 201 were detected with diabetes in their late life.

The research has claimed that rise in the level of five amino acids; isoleucine, leucine, valine, tyrosine and phenylalanine are linked with the development of type II diabetes.

The leading cause of type II diabetes is obesity, unhealthy lifestyle and family history. Early detection and effective management of the disease is essential because the disease is likely to develop the risk of other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.

Head of research at Diabetes UK, Dr. Victoria King says that in majority of the cases the onset of diabetes could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.


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