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Prevention and effective treatment of diabetes

  • Genetic evaluation of your diabetes risk
  • Analysis of over 8 genes that influence diabetes mellitus
  • Analysis of more than 10 genetic variations predicting the effectiveness of 15+ relevant drugs
  • Assessment of the risk for gestational diabetes
  • Assessment of the time (approximately) for insulin substitution to be startes
  • Determination of the effectiveness of metformin, glibenclamide, tolbutamidem and glimepiride

Diabetes is a common metabolic disease in which the body loses the ability to properly regulate blood sugar. The ability to regulate blood sugar declines somewhat with age, and almost one in ten people in the industrialized world suffers from diabetes.

As we grow older, this regulatory process gradually becomes less exact. Certain risk factors, including lack of exercise, obesity, and certain genetic traits, accelerate this gradual decline in precision. In some people, blood sugar rises to levels that trigger a variety of physical ailments, some of which can be life-threatening. In this case, the condition is called diabetes type 2 and requires medical treatment. Diabetes is often accompanied by a great number of other ailments. High blood pressure, blood lipid disorders, neuropathy, blood vessel damage, kidney disease and even blindness are all common effects of untreated diabetes. In order to prevent these secondary conditions, a person with diabetes must maintain consistent and regular control of their blood sugar levels. A physician is usually able to perform a fasting blood glucose test or a glucose tolerance test to diagnose diabetes. In these tests, the patient drinks a large amount of sugary liquid and the doctor then measures the blood glucose levels, which show how effectively the body regulates blood sugar.

The treatment plan for diabetes depends on the level of blood sugar. In most cases, diet and exercise will keep diabetes in check. Sometimes oral medication will be prescribed, and in rare cases injections of insulin will become necessary.

Diabetes type 2 is a lifestyle disease that is especially prevalent in developed countries, where large quantities of many kinds of food are available. Obesity is the most important risk factor for diabetes. Certain genetic traits that play a role in regulating blood sugar also increase the risk of diabetes in some individuals.

By analysing relevant genes, your personal genetic risk of developing diabetes can be determined. Individuals with a high risk of diabetes can then follow specific preventative programs that will reduce their risk of developing the disease.

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