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Doctor insights on: Ethnic Groups

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Is diabetes more common in certain age groups, ethnic groups, or gender?

Is diabetes more common in certain age groups, ethnic groups, or gender?

Yes: Type ii diabetes or Insulin resistance is more common as you age. Usually begins around age 40 but now due to poor eating habits is beginning as young as early teens. It is associated with obesity but not exclusively. African americans are at higher risk, primarily because the darker skin leads to lower vitamin d levels, low vitamin d is a risk factor for both type I and type ii diabetes. ...Read more

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Is Marfan syndrome sex-linked or prevalent in certain ethnic groups?

Is Marfan syndrome sex-linked or prevalent in certain ethnic groups?

Neither: Marfan syndrome affects males and females equally, and the mutation shows no ethnic or geographical bias. Estimates indicate about one in 3, 000 to 5, 000 individuals have Marfan syndrome. ...Read more

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Does ethnicity play a huge role on what your potential height will be? Is it by nutrition/lifestyle? Or is it mainly on what ethnic group you are in?

Does ethnicity play a huge role on what your potential height will be? Is it by nutrition/lifestyle? Or is it mainly on what ethnic group you are in?

Genetic: It's genetic and since you are derived from your ancestors it's a good chance this true. There are some exceptions... If you nutr ion ally deprived. And there's this thing called regression to the mean. But otherwise genetics. ...Read more

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Is it true that white guys have an extra layer of fat between skin and muscle that other ethnic groups do not?

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Is it true that white guys have an extra layer of fat between skin and muscle that other ethnic groups do not?

Thickness: Thickness and layers of the skin does not change significantly with ethnic groups but thickness and associated structures of the skin change significantly on which part of the body. ...Read more

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What ethnic groups have a lot of body hair?

What ethnic groups have a lot of body hair?

All: Family history is most important in determining this. ...Read more

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Are certain ethnic groups at higher risk of osteogenesis imperfecta?

Are certain ethnic groups at higher risk of osteogenesis imperfecta?

In general, No....: .... But certain very small ethnic groups in Africa and canada have been observed to suffer an increased incidence. ...Read more

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Are any specific ethnic groups affected by cholestatic liver diseases?

Are any specific ethnic groups affected by cholestatic liver diseases?

NOT AWARE: Not aware of any ethnic groups being more prone to cholestatic liver disease. ...Read more

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Are there any genetic differences among racial and ethnic groups when it comes to cardiovascular diseases?

Are there any genetic differences among racial and ethnic groups when it comes to cardiovascular diseases?

Yes: There are number of significant effects of race on the development of vascular diseases. For example, aneurysms are less common in asians. On the other hand, asians may be more susceptible to certain vascular inflammatory conditions. Atherosclerosis is influenced by smoking, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and genetics among other factors. Race is minor factor in comparison. ...Read more

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Is psoriasis more prevalent in men or women or any ethnic group?

Is psoriasis more prevalent in men or women or any ethnic group?

Psoriasis Men Women: Men and women are equally affected. However, it's rare for a man to develop it on the back of the scalp. ...Read more

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What ethnic group is most impacted by Huntington's disease?

What ethnic group is most impacted by Huntington's disease?

HD ethnic: Any ethnic group can be affected by Huntingtons, but caucasians tend to be affected more than others. There are some exceptions also- small groups of people from South America and Africa have been shown to be at higher risk. ...Read more

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Does Parkinson's disease affect a certain ethnic group or gender?

Does Parkinson's disease affect a certain ethnic group or gender?

No and yes: Does not seem to be much of an ethnic variation in my experience, as I seem to have equal numbers of blacks and whites suffering this disorder. However, do find discrepancies in incidence, as many sources say 500, 000 and others 1.5 million in usa. If we take the latter figure, the proportion of men to women is 3 to 1 (the reverse of ms incidence!). ...Read more

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What ethnic group is more likely to suffer through depression and then suicide? This is for a project for school. I have a lot more questions too.

What ethnic group is more likely to suffer through depression and then suicide? This is for a project for school. I have a lot more questions too.

Caucasians: Caucasians have higher rates for major depression. There are other factors involved for suicide risk such as gender (male), age (older than 85), and marital status (single, widowed or divorced). ...Read more

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Do all middle eastern ethnic / religious groups get them foreskins cut off of their sons?

Do all middle eastern ethnic / religious groups get them foreskins cut off of their sons?

Almost all: Circumcision is routinely practiced by muslims and jews, but not necessarily by all people in the middle east. ...Read more

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How can I determine my ethnic background?

How can I determine my ethnic background?

Geneology: Most public librarians are used to this question and can help you find the proper resources on line to trace your ancestry. The internet has been a marvelous resource for this type of research. Anything about your family history that can fill in the gaps is helpful and some of your relatives can be helpful. ...Read more

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How important is it to get a tetanus shot in pregnancy. I haven't had one in 10 years and ethnic background is Indian. No injury, asking as routine?

How important is it to get a tetanus shot in pregnancy. I haven't had one in 10 years and ethnic background is Indian. No injury, asking as routine?

Not important: Unless you are injured or have a job or hobby like gardening that could expose you to injury. Ask your GP---I believe it should be covered by your MSP. ...Read more

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Does my ethnic background make me more or less likely to get heart disease? Does someone's race or ethnicity really make a difference in his risk of developing heart disease? Why does skin color or where you were born make someone more likely to have hear

Does my ethnic background make me more or less likely to get heart disease? Does someone's race or ethnicity really make a difference in his risk of developing heart disease? Why does skin color or where you were born make someone more likely to have hear

Actually,: Actually, yes, but not exactly. There are essentially two things that makes a person more or less likely to get a disease: one - genetic makeup and two - environmental factors. Your genetic predisposition to disease depends on small differences in your dna called single nucleotide polymorphisms or snps (pronounced "snips"). However, snps are not distributed evenly among people of different ethnicities. Thus, a snp associated with one disease could be found frequently among people born in one area but almost never among people born in a different geographic area. Also, a snp associated with a particular disease in one ethnicity such as caucasians may not be associated with that disease in another ethnicity, such as north american indians. In addition to a genetic predisposition, the environment plays a very important role in disease risk. Diet, smoking, pollutants have a significant impact on one's chances of developing a disease and these factors vary greatly between geographic locations. I have appended a link here to a website that allows you to calculate your heart disease risk, however, I am not sure if that calculator factors in the genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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Are there any correlations of IBS to nervous system disorders like alzheimer's and parkinson's? What about correlations with ethnic background? If so, what is the hypothesis as to why these corrltns?

Are there any correlations of IBS to nervous system disorders like alzheimer's and parkinson's? What about correlations with ethnic background? If so, what is the hypothesis as to why these corrltns?

Vascular and social: Ethnic correlations with respect to dementia are probably related to differences among ethnicities in the prevalence of vascular risk factors such as hypertension (which is more common in african americans). Also, certain ethnicities have disadvantages related to socioeconomic status and access to care. Genetics also play a role and especially how genes interact with the environment. ...Read more

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I want ethnic rhinoplasty, what to expect?

I want ethnic rhinoplasty, what to expect?

Ethnic rhinoplasty: Once you have chosen a surgeon, you can go over your surgical goals together. It takes at least a year to recover from rhinoplasty and if your skin is thicker, it can take longer. Hopefully, your expectations will be met by good presurgical planning and communication. ...Read more

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What is the worst ethnic diet for cholesterol?

What is the worst ethnic diet for cholesterol?

Western European: Statistically speaking, western europe has the worst cholesterol in the world (specifically men in iceland and women in greenland). In america, our number one source of dietary cholesterol is cheese. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take little kids to ethnic restaurants with spicey foods?

Is it ok to take little kids to ethnic restaurants with spicey foods?

Yes: Yes, why not? Educate them. Introduce them to new cultures and foods. If spiciness is a concern, ask the waiter to make it mild for the kids. I'm not sure what you're really asking. ...Read more

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Why are some ethnic cold medicines better than american cold medicines?

Why are some ethnic cold medicines better than american cold medicines?

Medicine: "ethnic cold medicine"? what does that mean? Is that a scientific conclusion or just anecdotal experience? Any idea what is in the "ethnic cold medicine"? how much alcohol or amphetamines or narcotics? At the ned of the day, you can make your own decisions for what is right for you. I choose to put my faith in science. ...Read more

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Please explain why people of ethnic backgrounds have higher risk of diabetes?

Please explain why people of ethnic backgrounds have higher risk of diabetes?

Observational Data: Most medical data is observational, on the first step toward possible understanding yet always limited by sampling issues & group sizes. Yet conclusions from observational data are often misleading. Presumably the differences are due to a combination of beliefs, behaviors, foods, eating & activity patterns, possibly also genes, no one really knows, still theories. Study science for smart people. ...Read more

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If a patient comes from isolated ethnic pool <.00001% us pop. Isn't it possible for this patient to react differently to medicine?

If a patient comes from isolated ethnic pool <.00001% us pop. Isn't it possible for this patient to react differently to medicine?

Not probable: The same medicines are used in the us (and around the world) on a daily basis by patients from every ethnic background with predictable results. It is however possible that individuals from certain ethnic groups can't tolerate medicine the same way most do, usually due to varying metabolic enzymes. ...Read more

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