Chromosomes May Help Early Detection in Kids at Risk for Diabetes

Biomarkers may be able to detect if a child will develop diabetes. These genetic biomarkers may be able to provide early detection in children who are at a high risk for diabetes.

What Scientists Discovered

“The scientists found the region on chromosome 13 by examining results of DNA and fasting blood glucose tests of 1,030 Hispanic children aged 4 to 19 years. The youngsters were volunteers in "Viva La Familia," a multi-year study of childhood obesity and obesity-related disorders, such as type 2 diabetes, among Houston-area Hispanic youngsters.”

Future Detection

Scientists are hopeful that doctors will use chromosome tests to provide early detection in children with a high risk for developing diabetes. This may lead to some preventive measures and hold off or even eliminate the onset of diabetes if doctors are aware of the pending development of diabetes in children.

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