Genetics of Cardiometabolic diseases and traits 

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Genetics of Cardiometabolic diseases and traits 


What are Cardiometabolic (CM) diseases?

CM is a term that refers to the study of how the heart and the process of how the body uses food for energy are related. Diseases of the heart and metabolism are often passed down in families. These diseases have complex causes that involve both genetic and non-genetic factors.

These diseases can include:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension

Most studies about the factors of these diseases are on people of European ancestry. They don’t have a full understanding of how these diseases affect other backgrounds. This can make it harder to find ways to prevent or treat these diseases for everyone.


How was the research done?

Researchers want to study how CM diseases affect populations with diverse ancestries. They will look for genetic factors and variations that link to these conditions. They will try to find genetic variants that have effects on different diseases. They will create scores that include a person’s ancestry and risk factors. These scores will help researchers predict and manage these diseases. 


What is the importance of this study?

Researchers want to study the genes related to these CM diseases in different populations. This will allow them to make accurate predictions about who is at risk for these diseases. This will provide more information about how our genes and lifestyle work together to affect our health. This will help doctors diagnose and better treat patients of all different backgrounds.