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Early Prediction of Diabetes May be Possible, Study Says

Comstock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A study claims there may be a way to predict early on who is at risk of developing diabetes.

Current tests available to doctors have not been able to help predict who is at risk of developing the disease. However, the findings of a study published in Nature Medicine say this soon may change. The study was conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital and looked at levels of five proteins in the blood of patients who were at a high risk of developing diabetes based on weight and fasting blood sugar.

The study found that of the 2,422 individuals observed over a 12-year period, 201 individuals developed diabetes. According to researchers, the findings indicate that the levels of the five proteins were significantly associated with future diabetes. Researchers say that such protein profiling may help to detect patients who have a high risk of developing diabetes before they actually develop the disease.

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