(CNN) - There may be new hope in the fight against Type 2 diabetes.
According to the New York Times, a new study of 150,000 people has found an extremely rare mutation that could protect against the disease.
The effect is pronounced, it reduces the risk by two thirds, and may even lower the risk in overweight people.
The Times reports Pfizer and Amgen, two companies that
sponsored the study, are working on a drug to mimic the gene mutation
but it could take 10 to 20 years to reach market.
The study was published in the Nature Genetics.
The authors admit more research is needed to understand how the mutation lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
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