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Researchers from Harvard Medical School recently examined the connection between diabetes genetic risks and mortality. It was found that a higher genetic risk of developing type 2 diabetes was associated with a greater risk of death. This finding was independent of other factors like metabolic risk, BMI, and whether a person had type 2 diabetes at baseline.
This study noted an increase in all-cause mortality risk by 4% for every type 2 diabetes risk allele that a person carried. However, an ethnicity analysis was also conducted, and while the relationship was true with white and black patients, it did not hold true for Mexican-Americans.
These findings were published in Diabetes Care on February 16, 2016.