DISEASE, LIFESTYLE, AND CONSANGUINITY IN 58 AMERICAN GYPSIES

JamesD Thomas*, MargaretM Doucette, Donna Catanzano Thomas, JohnD Stoeckle

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Abstract

Medical data on 58 Gypsies in the area of Boston, Massachusetts, were analysed together with a pedigree linking 39 of them in a large extended kindred. Hypertension was found in 73%, diabetes in 46%, hypertriglyceridaemia in 80%, hypercholesterolaemia in 67%, occlusive vascular disease in 39%, and chronic renal insufficiency in 20%. 86% smoked cigarettes and 84% were obese. Thirteen of twenty-one marriages were consanguineous, yielding an inbreeding coefficient of 0·017. The analysis suggests that both heredity and environment influence the striking pattern of vascular disease in American Gypsies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-379
Number of pages3
JournalThe Lancet
Volume330
Issue number8555
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 1987

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    Thomas, J., Doucette, M., Catanzano Thomas, D., & Stoeckle, J. (1987). DISEASE, LIFESTYLE, AND CONSANGUINITY IN 58 AMERICAN GYPSIES. The Lancet, 330(8555), 377-379. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(87)92392-0