Low birth weight related to type 2 diabetes, CVD
[Healio, 12/13/18] A large international study has discovered 60 genetic variants that link low birth weight to an increased risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Scientists have discovered 60 genetic variants that can both affect birth weight and increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, later in life.
The study gives new insights into how apparently unrelated diseases are linked via our genes.
“It’s fascinating to see that the genes that play a role in birth weight also play a role in different diseases. By studying these genes, we can also see which proteins are involved and shine a spotlight on the mechanisms that can lead to these diseases,” says co-author Hans Bisgaard, professor of pediatrics and the head of the Copenhagen Studies on Asthma in Childhood research center (COPSAC) at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
“It’s a serious step towards understanding this disease and to find out how we can remedy them,” says Bisgaard.
The study is published in the scientific journal Nature………..
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