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Should the rest of my family be tested for diabetes?
Robert Henry, MD
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA

Date Added: 07/03/13

Both type I and type II diabetes have genetic susceptibilities. In other words, it does run in families but it doesn’t run cleanly. We do not know all of the genetics of either disorder to be able to predict with great accuracy whether or not you will get either type I or type II diabetes. However, ...
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Dr. Robert Henry's research interests involve studies in the etiology, treatment, and prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Studies are directed almost exclusively at the role of skeletal muscle in these disorders and are designed to elucidate what aspects of muscle metabolism are primary and which are secondary in etiology. These investigations involve studies of intact humans, combining glucose clamps with indirect calorimetry, leg blood flow and substrate balance, and needle biopsies of vastus lateralis muscle. Complementary in vitro studies are performed on human muscle cultures from such patients and involve studies of insulin signal transduction, gene regulation, enzymatic activation, and mitogenesis.
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