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Measuring the levels of metabolites in the blood could improve the accuracy of diabetes risk prediction as much as ten years before symptoms occur, according to a new report.
A team led by Massachusetts General Hospital found that levels of five amino acids were an indicator of diabetes risk, as well as being able to pick out the likelihood of developing the disease among groups who are already at risk, such as obese people.
Thomas Wang MD of the hospital's Cardiovascular Research Centre said the findings could provide insight into metabolic pathways that are altered in the early stages of diabetes.
"They also raise the possibility that, in selected individuals, these measurements could identify those at highest risk of developing diabetes so that early preventive measures could be instituted," he added.
In the UK, Diabetes Cymru recently warned that one in 50 people in Wales have undiagnosed diabetes.
Written by Mathew Horton
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