Blood Test Could Someday Determine Diabetes Risk

A simple blood test could someday determine if you're at high risk for developing diabetes -- according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A small study found that elderly people who tested positive for a high amount of a certain liver protein had a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Las Vegas endocrinologist, James Snyder says while it's too soon to draw conclusions from the study, it would be very useful to have a specific test that shows how likely a person is to develop diabetes later on.

Because one thing that has been proven, is that for some people, lifestyle changes can avert a destiny with diabetes.

"You should eat well and you should exercise and you should do all these good things. And if you know that you're at risk for a very serious condition, and you can prevent it by adhering to those suggestions, maybe that would generate the right kind of behavior," said Dr. Snyder.

Dr. Snyder says the new observations surrounding this protein, called fetuina, leaves more questions than answers. But he says the study is a good example of how scientists are leaving no stone unturned in finding solutions to the surge in diabetes.

For more about the new findings, click here.


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