I just spent the day in a conference talking about the genetic differences in different ethnic groups, and how that affects both causes and treatments for diseases such as cancer, congestive heart failure, and hypertension. I personally know how genetics can have an effect, because I lack the proper gene to process cilantro. Like most cilantro haters I have a defect in my olfactory-receptor gene, called OR6A2, that picks up on the smell of aldehyde chemicals.
Aldehyde chemicals are found in both cilantro and soap and to us they smell the same. These same types of defects occur in diabetes, and this week our clinical text begins to discuss the Epidemiology and Geography of Type 2 Diabetes.
Your partner in diabetes care,