There are plenty of identifiable attributes that increase the risk for type 2 diabetes. Patients who are obese, have unhealthy diets, are inactive or who have high blood pressure and high cholesterol are all at an increased risk of developing the debilitating disease.
By the time these attributes are visible health care providers may have to put focus on treating the disease in its early stages rather than implementing much simpler preventative measures. A new research study has identified a potential method for helping health care providers identify the risk for type 2 diabetes years before other warning signs surface.
Researchers followed nearly 2500 adults, all of which had healthy blood sugar levels at the outset of the study, for a period of twelve years. During the course of the study nearly 200 of the participants developed diabetes. Researchers compared blood samples from those that developed the disease during the study to comparable participants who did not. Based on blood sample analysis, researchers were able to conclude that participants that had high levels of 5 particular amino acids were at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
While more research will be required to find the exact link between the elevated levels of amino acids and the increased risk for diabetes, this study could prove exceedingly valuable for doctors. If the results can be duplicated and an exact connection can be found this could allow health care providers an opportunity to focus on preventing diabetes in at risk patients rather than having to treat it.