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According to a study published in the journal Diabetes, Cathepsin D, and six other proteins have been identified as insulin resistance biomarkers.
While Cathepsin D has already shown a link to breast cancer and potentially Alzheimer’s disease, this connection to diabetes is a new development.
Researchers from Sweden’s Uppsala University made the discovery using proteomic blood profiling, by examining 92 proteins within a group of about 1,300 participants.
Since insulin resistance is often a precursor of type 2 diabetes, this development could be beneficial in risk prediction.
These findings were published in Diabetes on September 29, 2015.