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SHARE facilitates research to identify distinct forms of type 2 diabetes

SHARE facilitates research to identify distinct forms of type 2 diabetes

Picture: SHARE Director and research lead, Professor Colin Palmer.

A team of researchers, led by SHARE Director Professor Colin Palmer, from the University of Dundee have helped identify distinct forms of type 2 diabetes in South Asians, a development with important implications for prognosis and management of the disease.

SHARE participants have aided this research project by providing anonymised leftover blood samples for analysis purposes.

This research is part of INSPIRED, a £7 million Dundee-led project that seeks to improve diabetes outcomes in India by working to better understand who gets diabetes, how it progresses, why some people respond better than others to treatments, and why some patients develop complications.

In their latest paper, published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, the INSPIRED team show for the first time that type 2 diabetes in the Asian Indians can be classified into four distinct phenotypic clusters.

Classifying Asian Indians with type 2 diabetes into phenotypic clusters provides insights into the pathophysiological processes driving diabetes in this ethnic group, which could help in predicting the risk of complications and in focusing more attention on individuals with the highest risk of developing complications.

Information taken from an article written by Grant Hill (University of Dundee). 

If you would like to help with research projects like this one, please register for SHARE today:

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For more information please see the original article written by Grant Hill:

https://www.dundee.ac.uk/stories/new-and-unique-clusters-type-2-diabetes-identified-indians

For more information regarding the INSPIRED project, visit their website:

https://inspired-nihr.com/

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