Genetics of Cardiometabolic Conditions

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Genetics of Cardiometabolic Conditions
What is Cardiometabolic? 

Cardiometabolic (CM) is a term that refers to the study of how the heart (cardio) and the process of how the body uses food for energy (metabolics) are related. CM conditions can be a cluster of disorders such as having diabetes and liver disease. These diseases can sometimes arise as a result of poor eating or exercising habits that damage the heart and the body. Risk factors for developing this type of health issue includes obesity, high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels. If these conditions are left unchecked, it could cause heart problems or strokes.

Symptoms for having a CM condition or for being at risk for one include: 

  • Chest pain 
  • Tiredness 
  • Trouble with vision or body movement  
  • Numbness in hands or feet
  • Numbness on one side of the body 

Learning about conditions that affect both the heart and body can teach us how diet changes and staying active can help keep us healthy. Treatment for such health issues includes change in diet or physical activity, or medication may be provided. It’s important to manage these conditions to maintain good health. 

How is the research done? 

Researchers want to learn if a person’s genes and the way they live may make them more likely to get health issues like heart diseases or diabetes. This study will look for new genetic clues that may be linked to developing CM issues. The research team will study how diet, exercise, and sleep can affect blood pressure and weight. They will examine this information across different sexes and racial backgrounds. By studying these things, they hope to find new ways to predict who might be at risk for CM conditions and heart problems.  

What is the importance of this study? 

This study is important because it can provide more information about how our genes and lifestyle work together to affect our health. This study is also looking deeper into how it may affect people of different racial backgrounds. This can help understand how conditions like heart disease and diabetes can be linked to reduce the number of people who get these diseases.