New Delhi: Is diabetes a disease connected to the brain? A team of Indian scientists have discovered a neurological link to Type 2 diabetes (T2D), a finding that could open new pathways for treatment of the ailment, traditionally linked to rise in level of blood sugar. In doing so, 37 scientists led by Dwaipayan Bhardwaj of CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integretive Biology (IGIB) and Nikhil Tandon of AIIMS also achieved a first of sorts when the research team studied two ethnic populations including Indo-Europeans and Dravidians to understand more about diabetes. "We have identified a new locus associated with T2D ... The genes TMEM163, RAB3GAP1 and ACMSDI... Are involved in neurologic processes, suggesting a neurologic component in the etiology of T2D," said the scientists reporting their findings in `Diabetes` journal of the American Diabetes Association.
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