Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
News » High blood pressure in blacks not due to genetics

High blood pressure in blacks not due to genetics

Many US studies have shown that African-Americans always have higher rates of blood pressure than white people. However, it has been noticed that this is not true of blacks living in their native land. Thus, the theory that genes in black people predispose them to the condition may be a fallacy. African-Americans have the highest prevalence of high blood pressure of any other black group around the world that was studied. 44% of them have high blood pressure which is 50% more that the rate in US whites. The study showed that German men of European origin had the highest prevalence of high blood pressure - 60%. Thus, environmental factors may play a much bigger role in the incidence of high blood pressure than first thought. Perhaps more effort should be in controlling the factors that cause high blood pressure rather than focusing on racial differences.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by WebMD Medical News

Related Disease Topics:

Article Source Details

About: High blood pressure in blacks not due to genetics

Date: 4 January 2005

Source: WebMD Medical News

Author: Miranda Hitti


Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • Herbal dietary supplement promises treatment of many conditions
  • Herbal drug, gugulipid, may render some prescription drugs ineffective
  • Herbal medicines and nutritional supplements can cause significan ocular side effects
  • Herbal supplement delivers promise of new hope in prostate cancer treatment
  • Herbal supplements prove their worth as a prostate cancer treatment
  • Hereditary spastic paraplegia is a frequently misdiagnosed neurological disorder
  • Herpes and syphilis infections increase risk of Hepatitis B in women
  • Herpes screening unwarranted for pregnant women
  • Herpes vaccine trial is about to begin
  • Herpes virus found in almost all healthy individuals
  • Hib vaccination trial a success in 3rd world
  • Hibiscus flower extract controls animal cholesterol levels
  • Hibiscus flower extract may protect against heart disease
  • High blood pressure added to the list of diseases blamed on soft drinks

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise