- African Americans have one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the United States,
and often have other medical problems related to obesity and cardiovascular disease. These
conditions have various risk factors, including high blood sugar levels, high cholesterol
levels, and insulin resistance. However, these risk factors have not been studied very
closely in individuals with African ancestry, including Afro-Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa
migrant populations. Researchers are interested in conducting a genetic study on obesity,
adult-onset diabetes, heart disease, and other common health conditions in individuals with
- To collect genetic and non-genetic information from individuals with African ancestry to
study common health conditions related to obesity, adult-onset diabetes, and heart disease.
- Individuals at least 18 years of age who self-identify as African American, Afro-Caribbean,
or migrants from sub Saharan Africa.
- Participants will undergo a physical examination and will provide a blood sample for
- Participants will also answer questions about personal and family medical history and
current lifestyle behaviors.
- No treatment will be provided as part of this protocol.