A recent study led by the University of Sweden has detected a protein present in the blood that could give information about the risk of type 2 diabetes as far back as 19 years. The study findings have been published in the journal Nature Communications. Type 2 diabetes is emerging as a global epidemic, currently affecting six percent of the world's population. Its weight control, through balanced diet and exercise.
Threats can be prevented and other health-related complications can be reduced by detecting them. "We found that circulating high levels of the follistatin protein in the blood can predict type 2 diabetes up to 19 years earlier," said study lead and associate professor at Lund University, Dr. Yang de Marinis. The study conducted at different locations in Sweden and Finland included 5,318 people. The study was concluded on the basis of results revealed over a period of four to 19 years.