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Monitoring Blood Pressure
Our health is affected by our genes, environmental factors and lifestyle choices.

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"Genes are a  component in complex diseases such as hypertension and diabetes but known environmental factors such as discrimination and racism in society and in the health care system are also important." --Janis Hutchinson, Anthropologist
Scientists now have a highly detailed map of the human genome that highlights the genetic contributions to disease. But environmental factors such as nutrition, healthcare access and societal experience also influence your health.

Does race predict disease, or is our health determined by a combination of genetic and environmental factors?

Sickle Cell Disease SICKLE CELL DISEASE
Hypertension HYPERTENSION
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) AGE-RELATED MACULAR
DEGENERATION (AMD
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