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Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes Identified

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Diabetes is an alarmingly common medical condition that can, in some instances, lead to a person requiring the financial support of long-term disability benefits. An international consortium has identified 12 potential genetic risk factors for a person developing type 2 diabetes.

Scientists believe that 11 of these 12 gene factors have an influence on insulin production or its effect. There was also an indication that the X chromosome could be a component. This may play a part in identifying the risk of diabetes between men and women, since women have 2 X chromosomes and men have only 1.

These findings have the potential to lead to the discovery of what causes type 2 diabetes. This could then lead to prevention and better ways of treating the disease.

Type 2 diabetes can lead to many other health problems, including:

  • stroke;
  • high cholesterol;
  • high blood pressure;
  • damage to nerves;
  • foot sores or ulcers that lead to amputation;
  • problems with eyesight (eye disease, blindness); and/or
  • kidney disease.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and is unable to work because of accompanying health problems, you may be eligible for long-term disability benefits. Contact a long-term disability associate who can help you determine eligibility.

The long-term disability representatives at Disability Help Group have experience with cross-examining medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your case. Call us today at 1-(800)-800-3332 for a FREE consultation.