Diabetes, one of the world's most common inherited diseases, occurs in about 3 out of every 100 people. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes and about half these people are not diagnosed. Over 150,000 Americans die each year because of this disease. The mortality and morbidity of diabetes are due to the complications of the disease affecting the eye (retinopathy), the nervous system (neuropathy), the kidney (nephropathy), and cardiovascular disease associated with the disease. Often people only become aware that they have diabetes when they develop one of its life threatening complications. Early diagnosis and treatment can diminish the morbidity and early mortality associated with this disorder.
The Rockefeller study seeks to recruit individuals with type 2 diabetes with at least one other living family member affected with type 2 diabetes. Since this is a genetic study, it is important to study family members who do not have diabetes as well.
Participation in the study involves:
People interested in enrolling as participants should call Eileen Buckley,
M.S.N., R.N., A.N.P.-C.S. or Jennifer Napoleone, B.S.N., R.N. at 1-888-920-9100
or 212-327-7521 for more information. All information is kept confidential and
there are no costs to participants of this study. People accepted into the study
will receive a copy of laboratory values for the medical tests performed and
will also be offered diabetes informatio
Contact: Joseph Bonner