April 18, 2007

Diabetes not an Indian disease

Ethnic Groups’ Genes Not to Blame For Diabetes“Our study challenges the presumption that Native American, Mexican American, African American, Australian Aborigine, or other indigenous groups are genetically prone to diabetes,” said anthropologist Michael Montoya. “The evidence demonstrates that higher rates of diabetes across population groups can be explained by non-genetic factors alone.”

“Poor diet, reduced physical activity, stress, low birth weight and other factors associated with poverty all contribute to the high rate of diabetes in these groups,” said epidemiologist Yin Paradies.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
There are researchers, and especially ones here in Oklahoma, who have observed what is called 'juvenile diabetes' and suspect that there is a very fast-moving virus that could be the underlying causation. Springing forward from that thesis is the possibility that diabetes in general also may be due to another form of fast-acting virus. The upshot of such thinking is that diabetes in general may be caused by a pathogen and not by lifestyle or heredity. The largest outcome of such thinking would be that diabetes is a disease that came with EuroMan when he invaded the American continents, as did Tuberculosis, Mumps, Chicken Pox, Whooping Cough, and even Smallpox. Thus it would be that Natives are under assault for their lives by yet another disease brought to these shores by EuroMan. The investigative facts as yet are not all in, but nowhere in Native culture or mythology is anything approaching what today's science calls diabetes. This is important, as a cure and/or a preventive entirely would be possible, therefore.
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Russ Bates