, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 552-561
Date: 03 Sep 2011

Gene × Environment Interactions in Type 2 Diabetes

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Abstract

People vary genetically in their susceptibility to the effects of environmental risk factors for many diseases. Genetic variation also underlies the extent to which people respond appropriately to clinical therapies. Defining the basis to the interactions between the genome and the environment may help elucidate the biologic basis to diseases such as type 2 diabetes, as well as help target preventive therapies and treatments. This review examines 1) some of the most current evidence on gene × environment interactions in relation to type 2 diabetes; 2) outlines how the availability of information on gene × environment interactions might help improve the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes; and 3) discusses existing and emerging strategies that might enhance our ability to detect and exploit gene × environment interactions in complex disease traits.