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We all know the saying “you are what you eat,” but in the case of diabetes, it may not be that simple. Join us to hear two Montreal researchers go beyond the popular opinion that diet and lack of exercise are the only culprits to blame as they dive deeper into the underlying molecular and genetic suspects.
Why is diabetes on the rise? A molecular perspective….
Jennifer Estall (Associate Research Professor at the IRCM)
As a society, we like to blame bad diet and lack of exercise for why the incidence of type 2 diabetes is increasing so rapidly. But this doesn’t explain everything. The reason why certain people develop diabetes while others do not remains a mystery, but evidence shows that genetics, environment, toxins, and stress are major players. My lab is interested in what does wrong in the body early on (before you are sick) and what causes these processes to go awry.
Sweet Genes – Unravelling the genetics of diabetes
Rob Sladek (Associate Professor, Department of Human Gentics, McGill University)
Diabetes runs in families and is more common in older people who are overweight and physically inactive. Each of these processes can be influenced by genes, diet environment, and lifestyle. By discovering the genes that makes this happen and learning how they change the function of cells and tissues in the body, my team is trying to better understand how to better prevent and treat diabetes.