Polynesian Ancestry Linked to Obesity in Study of Native Hawaiians

Polynesian Ancestry Linked to Obesity in Study of Native Hawaiians

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Polynesian Ancestry Linked to Obesity in Study of Native Hawaiians

Native Hawaiians of Polynesian ancestry are at an increased risk of obesity, heart failure, and type 2 diabetes, a study has found. The greater risk of diabetes is linked to a genetic variant that is uniquely prevalent in Native Hawaiians. The study, “The impact of global and local Polynesian genetic ancestry on complex traits in Native Hawaiians,” appeared in the journal PLOS Genetics. Compared to Hawaiian citizens of European or Japanese descent, Native Hawaiians have…

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