Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby julie f » Thu Jan 08, 2004 09:21 pm

DH and I are both caucasian. There is a history of high bp on his Mom's side of the family and on my Dad's.

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby maxs mom » Thu Jan 08, 2004 09:41 pm

I can't find anything in my family tree that would suggest I would get PE, no previous PE, no hypertension. Type 2 diabetes is starting to run in my family, but it is due to family members being over weight (I am not, so low risk). I am 1/2 Persian (dad) 1/2 Irish/Danish (mom)

Can't find anything in DH family tree either. Some cancer from smoking and drinking, but that's about it. He is Irish/English.

Hard to believe that our combos actually made a predominent Irish little guy, he looks like one too! (My genes still haven't surfaced, he is a daddy replica)

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby kimb » Thu Jan 08, 2004 10:59 pm

my husband and I are both caucasion. HPB runs all thru my dads side of the family no matter what size the family member is. My mom did say she got "toxemia" as they used to call it right before my brother was born and she runs low bp and weighed about 105 lbs. She didn't have any problems with my sister or I though.
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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby frasiah » Fri Jan 09, 2004 06:37 am

My husband and I are both of African decent, originally from Kenya. As far as I can tell, we do not have any PE on either sides of the family. I do not think the rates of getting PE are any higher in Kenya than elsewhere but I would say that negative outcomes i.e loss of child and/or mum are higher in Kenya and other third world countries than in developed countries. That could most probably be attributed to either lack of knowledge and also that a lot of the women might not go for antenatal care as required.

I have also read somewhere that chances of getting bp issues in life are higher in the black race as compared to the caucasians. My friend who is also a nurse says the same thing. So I would imagine that if we were to look at all statistics in the country, there would be more African Americans with PE... but then that is my theory and cannot back it up with anything.

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby mada » Fri Jan 09, 2004 06:45 am

Well, I am Italian 100%. My dad moved to the stated when he was 22 and my mom grew up here but her folks were Italian. My husband's family originated in germany on dad's side and england on moms side. An intresting thing, my hubby's grandma(moms side) had preeclampsia.

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby lgw » Fri Jan 09, 2004 06:53 am

My husband and I are both caucasian. There are very random bp issues on both sides, but no other pe as far as i know.

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby robynh » Fri Jan 09, 2004 08:22 am

My dh and I are both of European descent (German and English). I have a strong family history of heart disease and high blood pressure. Both of my grandfathers died of heart attacks in their 40's and my mom and grandma both have high blood pressue even with meds. Thankfully, my bp returned to normal after pregnancy, but I'm sure it won't last for too many years![xx(]

My OB does a lot of volunteer work in Africa and said he would treat a lot of women with PE. Despite the lack of good prenatal care and hospital facilities, some of their babies would often do better than the babies born here in state-of-the-art facilities. It was his theory that these babies were conceived and nurtured in a very stressful environment and developed a kind of "toughness" that enabled them to survive.

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby jjbeck1 » Fri Jan 09, 2004 08:32 am

Both of us are caucasion. My husband is Irish and german. I am mor eof a mix, Irish, scottish, english and a bit of native indian.
I have heard Both thr Irish ANd Indian have quite a bit of hypertension.I
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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby lisac » Fri Jan 09, 2004 08:33 am

I'm Italian & Greek. No hypertension or heart disease is in the family.

My sister and I have both had some issues w/autoimmunity, though.

My mother had no PE (as far as she knows) w/either of us. Yet she went from 100 pounds to 160 pounds w/ me, and gained a lot w/my sister as well.
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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby jsilvas » Fri Jan 09, 2004 09:02 am

My husband and I are both of Mexican descent. I think I've heard that hispanics have a high rate of hbp, but someone can correct me if I'm wrong. My dad has hbp and I think an aunt of mine might have had PE with her twins, but I don't talk to her enough to ask. I will the next chance I get though.

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