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Study shows a simple blood test could predict risk of type 2 diabetes in patients

Around two million people in England are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers say lipidomics, the study of fats in the blood, may provide new insights into when and why disease begins

A blood test could predict the risk of type 2 diabetes in patients
A blood test could predict the risk of type 2 diabetes in patients

A simple blood test measuring fat in the blood could predict risk of type 2 diabetesa study suggests.

Researchers believe the cheap and quick test could also predict potential heart attack risk decades in advance.

The current assessment is based on medical history, risk behavior and cholesterol levels.

But there are actually over 100 other types of fats in the blood.

And researchers say lipidomics, the study of fats in the blood, may provide new insights into when and why disease begins.

Around two million people in England are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the highest on record, according to New NHS Pay.







Around two million people in England are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes
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In the study, published in the journal PLOS Biology, the researchers drew blood samples from over 4,000 adults from the early 1990s to 2015.

They were able to identify the 184 fats in the blood called lipids, then created risk profiles and then separated the group into six subgroups.

At an individual level, researchers say the risk could potentially be predicted decades before the onset of the disease – meaning patients could take steps to avert it.

And by identifying the lipids that contribute most to risk, it may be possible to identify new drugs, the researchers believe.

Professor Chris Lauber of Lipotype, a biotech company based in Germany, said lipidomic risk can be derived from a single “cheap and quick” measurement that could augment traditional risk assessment methods.

“Strengthening disease prevention is a multifaceted global collaborative effort,” he added.

“We show how Lipidomics can expand our toolkit for early detection of individuals at high risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

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https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/simple-blood-test-could-predict-26379014 Study shows a simple blood test could predict risk of type 2 diabetes in patients

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