Wake Forest Diabetes Family Study

What we are studying

Type 2 diabetes is common in African Americans and is known to run in families. Efforts to understand the physiology and genetic basis of what first causes diabetes to develop are difficult to determine in patients who already have diabetes. Therefore, the primary purpose of this research study is to study early signs of diabetes risk in African Americans who are at risk for developing diabetes in the future, but who do not yet have the disease. In addition, the focus of the study is how these risk factors run in families. Thus, if you have diabetes, you may also contribute to the goals of the study.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • African American
  • Not Hispanic or Latino
  • Ages 18+

Eligibility Criteria

  • Subjects will be in broadly good health
  • With no acute or chronic illnesses including illnesses requiring antibiotics or any significant viral infections
  • Unless in complete remission and off all medications for the-specified condition. Subjects should have normal or impaired fasting glucose (fasting plasma glucose less than or equal to 125 mg/dl).

What is involved

  • 1 visit to the CRU
  • Brief physical exam
  • Measurements of height
  • Weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Pulse
  • Waist and hips
  • Labwork
  • Medical and family history questionnaires
  • Metabolic testing (IVGTT) in nondiabetic participants only


You will be paid $100 if you complete all study related procedures. You will be paid $50 if you are unable to complete the IVGTT for any reason. Diabetic family members are not eligible to complete the IVGTT.

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Benita Bowman

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.