A 31-year-old member asked:
i'm native american am i more susceptible to having vascular diseases?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Mark Avdalovic answered
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends: Cardiovascular risk factors are dependent on family history, smoking, cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes/obesity. So if you have any of these risk factors then your risk is higher, the color of your skin is not as critical in determining risk compared to these risks above. Native americans tend to have high rates of diabetes which increases risk.
Answered on Feb 2, 2012
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