Genetic Analysis Could Better Predict Coronary Artery Disease in Type 2 Diabetes

A new study aims to identify whether genetic analysis could determine the risk of developing coronary artery disease among people living with type 2 diabetes. Coronary artery disease – or CAD – risk indicators among diabetics currently include blood glucose levels, weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol, but the genetic analysis could be beneficial for early intervention.

A recent study completed at the Joslin Diabetes Center examined genetic risk scores taken from 160 gene locations among participants with CAD. These results were compared to other prominent diabetes study findings. It was determined that genetic scores can actually predict future coronary incidents before an increase in cholesterol or weight becomes apparent.

These findings were published in Diabetes Care on September 28, 2018.

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