Exposing the exposures responsible for type 2 diabetes and obesity

Paul W. Franks, Mark I. McCarthy

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The rising prevalences of type 2 diabetes and obesity constitute major threats to human health globally. Powerful social and economic factors influence the distribution of these diseases among and within populations. These factors act on a substrate of individual predisposition derived from the composite effects of inherited DNA variation and a range of environmental exposures experienced throughout the life course. Although "Western" lifestyle represents a convenient catch-all culprit for such exposures, effective treatment and prevention will be informed by characterization of the most critical, causal environmental factors. In this Review, we examine how burgeoning understanding of the genetic basis of type 2 diabetes and obesity can highlight nongenetic exposures that drive development of these conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
Issue number6308
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 7

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Endocrinology and Diabetes


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