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Genetic tests to diagnose people with rare diabetes

06/09/2021

Genetic testing on the NHS will spot a rare form of diabetes in thousands of people unaware they are living with the disease, alongside a new training scheme for staff.

The test being rolled out across England can also spot whether people have passed the affected gene on to their children.  Known as monogenic diabetes, around 12,000 people in England are thought to have the condition, which if left undetected can mean patients struggle to manage glucose levels. If high glucose levels go untreated for a long period of time it can cause blindness, amputations and greater risk of a heart attack.

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