Genome-wide association studies explain at most 5%-10% of the heritable components of type 2 diabetes. Some of the “missing type 2 diabetes heritability” could be explained by low-frequency variants. We examined the associations between low-frequency variants and type 2 diabetes, using data from 2538 diabetic and 2977 nondiabetic subjects in the publicly available database of Genotypes and Phenotypes. We applied two approaches. First, we combined information from all low-frequency (1%-5%) variants at a locus in a gene-centric analysis of associations with diabetes. Next, we searched for gene ontology (GO) biological processes that were enriched for gene-centric associations, after correcting for multiple testing to control the false discovery rate (FDR). We found three GO biological processes that were significantly enriched for associations to diabetes: “response to superoxide” (FDR-adjusted p = 2.7 × 10−3), “response to oxygen radical” (FDR-adjusted p = 2.7 × 10−3), and “heart contraction” (FDR-adjusted p = 2.6 × 10−2). There were three genes that contributed to “response to superoxide” and “oxygen radical” pathways, including the SOD1 gene. Gene-centric tests of association with low-frequency variants, followed by analysis to evaluate which biological pathways are enriched for these associations has the potential to recover, at least some proportion of, the “missing heritability” of type 2 diabetes.