I also observed a scientific dissent today while reading about a new study on predicting Type 1 Diabetes. Just a few years back, this would have been an oxymoron kind of thing. Because, it was widely thought of in medical circles that Type 1 Diabetes is either a congenital condition, or something that affects only children and adolescents. And what is there to predict, if it is there at birth or develops as early as in childhood?
And due to the widespread acceptance of this theory, the other kind of this disease, Type 2 Diabetes was often called as adult onset diabetes.
But now science knows better. It knows that Type 1 Diabetes can affect adults too. Modern medicine also has two very different treatment regimens for the two conditions.
Now, coming to the new study I mentioned, an Indo-British study has found a comprehensive Genetic Risk Score to predict chances of developing Type 1 Diabetes, a disease whose hallmark being the need for lifelong insulin shots to fix low insulin level, unlike Type 2 Diabetes which is often better managed with pills.
The study was conducted by researchers at the KEM Hospital and Research Centre, Pune; CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad; and the University of Exeter in England, with the Genetic Risk Score developed by Exeter. The study has been published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’.
I am most bullish about genetic testing for disease susceptibilities and preempting such chances by epigenetic lifestyle modifications, which is an approach I advocate in my new book, ‘Making of a Superhuman’.