Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

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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 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 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 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 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 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 catherine » Thu Jan 08, 2004 07:36 pm

I've read that elderly white multigravidas with a history of poor pregnancy outcomes have a higher risk of HELLP, but that we are relatively rare in comparison with the sweet young things of every race having their first kids in their late teens and early twenties LOL!!!

Irish born and bred as is DH. As an island nation with a small population we are woefully inbred, rates of carriage for things like PKU is 1:25 rather than the 1:125 elsewhere. I don't think that the rate of preeclampsia is any higher there than here though. The irish are wickedly hypertensive, horrible diet, smoking etc. A normal bp in Ireland is 140/90 LOL!

Does Anne know if the big database study in Iceland is going to look for preeclampsia-related genes?

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby amandab » Thu Jan 08, 2004 06:20 pm

Hubby and I are both caucasian - predominately Welsh. But we both have heart disease and hypertension in our families.

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby sweetiesuzy » Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:41 pm

DH and I are both caucasion. Both sides of our family have horrible heart disease/high blood pressure issues. Although - niether of my two sisters have any hypertension issues and they are 8 and 9 years old than me - and have more than one child each. I guess I was struck with the bad luck! [}:)]
Interesting side note - my oldest son is half african american. I had some high bood pressure readings late in pregnancy with him. But this theme has repeated with subsequent pregnancies. Plus I am now labeled a "chronic hypertensive" gal [:I] (I suppose this is different in some ways then developing a HBP issue only during or after pregnancy.) ARGH!!! There are just too many varients for me to think about in terms of this disease!!


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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby taras mom » Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:23 pm

DH and I are both Caucasian, but I have a strong family history of hypertension.

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