Monday, January 12, 2009

Genetic Testing No Better Than a Medical Exam for Determining Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is most known as the ‘lifestyle disease’. While certain genetics are at play, the most common factors for the disease are obesity, lack of exercise, and poor eating habits. Two new studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine in November 2008 show that genetic testing for the disease is about as accurate as a good old-fashioned doctor’s appointment.

The following article discusses the details of the two studies, one conducted at a university in Sweden involving over 18,000 people, and another involving over 2,000 people held by the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

According to the article, both studies found that a routine doctor’s visit could determine the risk of type 2 diabetes, just as much as genetic testing could. Doctors simply need to look for a history of the disease in one’s family, a lack of exercise, excess weight, and a poor diet.

Medical Exam Predicts Type 2 Diabetes as Well as Genetic Testing

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