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Research Shows a Variety of Factors Contribute to Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is most commonly associated with obesity and lack of exercise, yet new research suggests that many other factors are in play. A story from Medline Plus details new studies that seek to further understand these contributing factors to the development of Type 2 diabetes. For example, recent research has shown a strong correlation between the development of diabetes and genetic mutations, family history, and a hormone called amylin. Lipitor is also linked with increased blood sugar and the development of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to process sugar properly. The body metabolizes sugar with insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas.

Research is now focused on identifying the specific genes that are responsible for disease development. While some genes have been identified, identification alone does not necessarily help doctors determine the most effective treatment or even a cure. Additionally, many of the genes that are responsible have not yet been found.

The most recent genetic study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identified a gene called PPARG. It was found that 1 percent of people have a specific mutation that affects its function. In such individuals, the likelihood of developing the disease increases by more than seven times.

Another study, published in Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, investigated the function of a hormone known as amylin. The hormone is used in conjunction with insulin in order to process sugars in the body.

Type 2 Diabetes is a complex disease with multiple risk factors. The cholesterol lowering drug, Lipitor, has recently been cited as one cause of Type 2 diabetes in women. The association between Lipitor and diabetes has been the subject of a number of Lipitor lawsuits.

The Lipitor lawyers of Lopez McHugh are currently evaluating cases for women who have developed Type 2 diabetes after taking the drug. If you believe you may qualify for a Lipitor diabetes lawsuit, contact a Lopez McHugh attorney today for a free initial consultation.