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HHS HealthBeat (November 6, 2013)

Heads-up on diabetes risk

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Researchers have linked a protein called SHBG to the risk of developing diabetes. They say the protein is part of a biological chain that seems to be affected by things like exercise and weight.

Brown University researcher Simin Liu says the protein, produced in the liver, may be a bellwether of the body’s metabolism:

"People who exercise more tend to have higher SHBG level; those people who are lean also have higher SHBG level."

Being active and controlling weight are crucial in controlling diabetes risk.

Liu says the protein may give doctors a heads-up on diabetes risk years earlier than current blood tests.

The study in the journal Clinical Chemistry was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: November 6, 2013