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New diabetes discovery made

Published on 08/09/2009
Sufferers of type-2 diabetes could have better treatments thanks to a new discovery.

Researchers have found a new gene, identified as Insulin Receptor Substrate 1, which could lead to new drug treatments.

The discovery, which is published in the journal Nature Genetics, has been hailed as "a good thing" by Dr Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK.

He said: "The researchers have indicated that the value of this research is that it may lead to the production of a drug that improves the way insulin works in muscle tissue but they haven't said how they might go about doing this."

However, he did add that it would be some time before patients saw any direct benefits.

Around 2.5 million people suffer with diabetes in the UK and the figure is expected to rise to four million by 2025.

In 2007 alone, 150,000 new cases of the condition were diagnosed, equivalent to the population of Middlesbrough.
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