U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Research Summary/In Plain Language

Research in Plain Language

Our research will help explain how genetic factors—the instructions your body inherits from each parent—might contribute to the development of diabetes or obesity. We study the genetic details of a sample population and look for associations between variations of specific genes and diabetes, obesity, and traits that suggest a person is at risk for diabetes or obesity. We also look at samples of tissue like fat or muscle to see if genetic characteristics can help diagnose or predict the diseases. Research that identifies, measures, and helps us understand genetically determined risk or protective factors could lead to prevention or new ways to treat the diseases.