Dr. Itzel Calleja-Macias: Genetic Variation of Type 2 Diabetes in Hispanic Populations

Diabetes among Hispanic-Americans is one of the most important health problems in the United states, showing a rate nearly twice as that of non-Hispanic adults. Early diagnose is needed to improve the control of the disease. Recent studies have identified associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, few studies focus on the Hispanic population. If specific SNPs can be used for early detection of diabetes among Hispanic adults, it would assist the ongoing efforts on improving preventive measures. The purpose of this study will be to develop an inexpensive method to detect SNPs in patients related to diabetes.