Research Article

Acetylator phenotype in diabetic neuropathy.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: (Published 30 July 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:291
  1. E H McLaren,
  2. A C Burden,
  3. P J Moorhead


    The proportions of slow and fast acetylators in a group of diabetics with symptomatic peripheral neuropathy were compared with those in a group of diabetics who had had the disease for at least 10 years without developing neuropathy. There was a significantly higher proportion of fast acetylators in the group of diabetics without neuropathy than in those with neuropathy or in the normal population. Hence genetic factors separate from the diabetic diathesis may determine the development of neuropathy in any particular diabetic.