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June 22, 2020
Diabetes: A Common Comorbidity of COVID-19: Check Your Risk With 23andMe Raw Data

Diabetes is a chronic disorder wherein the body no longer responds to insulin. The disease could reduce the efficiency of the body’s immune system. As such, diabetes is a common comorbidity of COVID-19, with up to 20% of patients requiring intensive medical care. With lockdowns and social restrictions in place across the globe, here are […]

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December 18, 2016
Drinking 2 or more sugary drinks per day doubles diabetes risk

 There are over 69.2 million diabetics in India with the numbers continuing to rise.  A Study found that drinking more than 2 sugary drinks per day doubles diabetes risk. The extent of risk remained the same whether the drinks were sweetened using sugar or artificial sweetener. Drinking more than one liter of sweetened beverage lead […]

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November 21, 2014
What is SNP?

SNP or Single Nucleotide Polymorphism can simply be termed as copying error made by cells during the process of making new cells wherein a ‘wrong’ nucleotide is present in the DNA sequence in the place of a ‘correct’ nucleotide. For e.g., let’s assume that the normal sequence of a particular section of DNA in humans […]

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November 21, 2014
Diabetes : A Genetic overview

With over 30 million people diagnosed to be diabetic, India is well on its way to becoming the diabetes capital of the world! Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body cannot regulate the production or usage of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that converts sugar, starches, and other food into energy. This […]

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June 28, 2014
Inheritance and interaction makes us what we are!

Gene-Environment Interaction Our traits are basically divided into genetic and environmental. Genetic factors are the ones a person is born with, and a large chunk of these factors are inherited from the previous generations. Environmental factors include chemical, physical, nutritional, infectious and behavioural factors. Many prevailing diseases such as diabetes and cancer are caused by […]

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November 14, 2012
Can genetics help assess your diabetes risk?

A 2006 research study in New England Journal of Medicine had two interesting observations. One, a variation of the TCF7L2 gene is linked to prediabetes (blood sugar is high but below diabetes range) which indicates a higher likelihood of developing diabetes. Other data showed that changes in food habits and physical activity could reduce or […]

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September 20, 2012
Diabetes: Causes, Treatment & Prevention

[idea] What is Diabetes? [hr height="30" style="default" line="default" themecolor="1"] Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body cannot regulate the production or usage of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that converts sugar, starches, and other food into energy. This energy is either used immediately or stored as fat or glycogen. In a diabetic, […]

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