Environmental, Genetic, and Social Effects Causing Hypertension in the People of the Caribbean (Draft 2)

This topic submitted by Alison Gardner ( gardnea1@miamioh.edu) at 6:04 PM on 3/30/05.

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With this topic, I would like to teach the class about the indigenous people of the Caribbean. Not only will we learn about their history and lifestyle, but also how these factors, as well as population genetics and the environment, result in a high incidence of hypertension throughout the population.

Outline

I. What is hypertension?

II. Background information on culture

III. How culture relates to hypertension
-recent urbanization and health habits
-culture influencing population genetics
-slavery hypothesis
-many more!

IV. Environmental causes
-saltwater/seafood diet
-island geography
-climate

V. Treatments/Prevention
-medicinal plants
-synthetic drugs
-community awareness



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