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Recent Research shows Ethnicity determines high blood pressure or diabetes

What is your ancestry, will determine your susceptibility to high blood pressure or diabetes. A large Amsterdam study reveals the differences.

The chance of a stillborn child is a Surinamese woman of African descent three times as large as a Dutch woman. Psychotic disorders are in some immigrant groups twice as often as among natives and people with dark skin have four to five times as often malignant hypertension.

However, emphasize the professors Ron Peters (cardiology) and Aart Schene (Psychiatry) of the Amsterdam Medical Centre, which does not mean that immigrants are less healthy than natives. In fact, research has shown previously in Amsterdam that immigrants have a longer life expectancy. Parts they perform better, “So Moroccans have fewer heart disease than native Dutch.” Perhaps because Moroccans smoke less.

What are the differences in population health?

After a studied earlier research with six thousand men, the results do not lie. For example, 90 percent of the Ghanese above sixty a too high blood pressure. Surinamese people of African origin sit just below. Hindustani Surinamese scoring with nearly 75 percent too high. With Dutch over half of the sixties hypertension. Big differences. But why? That is the key question.

“Weight has a clear relationship with blood pressure,” says cardiologist Ron Peters resolutely. Since 90 percent of Ghanaians are overweight and about half of the women even seriously overweight, it is obvious to point the finger of blame in that direction. But it turns out to be more complex. “It is interesting that obesity in other populations, especially in Hindustani Surinamese, often leads to diabetes and less frequently to high blood pressure. And we know the underlying biology at all. ”

Africans hold more salt

“Every time we realize how little we really know all the differences,” says Peters. Nutritional habits for example. “We have indications that a large salt intake in African people leads to high blood pressure.”

Peters still has an interesting theory about the genetic side of the story. We need for this back to the days of slavery, the time Dutch Africans in the plantations in Suriname spent to exploit them there. “During the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean already died on average one in seven prisoners. The hypothesis is that the people who made it across very well managed to retain their moisture. Their bodies were careful with salt. When you get into the heat in Suriname, you do not notice as much, but if you then from Suriname to Amsterdam moves, can you feel the consequences. With less salt loss hypertension can easily arise through perspiration and more salt intake through food. ”

Can I prevent heart disease?

Another aspect that emerges clearly in an investigation, is that half of the Indo-Surinamese has over sixty diabetes. If you take the average overweight, this group would be much less diabetes should have than the numbers show. Strong possibility that there is more going on than just overweight.

“Genetically, it is conceivable that there is a difference between eating a lot of fat or eating lots of carbohydrates. Many religious and other meetings with Hindus be reinforced with food – often very sugar-rich meals. If this happens frequently, it would be a reason why they do get the same with diabetes are overweight. That is why it is so important as to learn more about. If it comes by eating, you better give a nutritional than four kinds of anti-diabetes pills. ”

Especially since 90 percent of heart disease can be explained by smoking or too much unhealthy food and lack of exercise. “If we all would live like a monk, would cardiovascular disease are rare. The grim news is that we create it ourselves. The good news is that you yourself can do something about it. “Whether the government. Must not interfere with a fat tax? “Peters Find out passionately. That has to do with personal freedom. But I do think that can encourage the government to the society in such a way that you can make healthier choices. ”