Sources of familial aggregation and co-aggregation of fasting blood glucose and nutritional factors among Mexican-Americans in Starr County, Texas
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of nutrient intake, genetic factors and common household environmental factors on the aggregation of fasting blood glucose among Mexican-Americans in Starr County, Texas. This study was designed to determine: (a) the proportion of variation of fasting blood glucose concentration explained by unmeasured genetic and common household environmental effects; (b) the degree of familial aggregation of measures of nutrient intake; and (c) the extent to which the familial aggregation of fasting blood glucose is explained by nutrient intake and its aggregation. The method of path analysis was employed to determine these various effects. Genes play an important role in fasting blood glucose: Genetic variation was found to explain about 40% of the total variation in fasting blood glucose. Common household environmental effects, on the other hand, explained less than 3% of the variation in fasting blood glucose levels among individuals. Common household effects, however, did have significant effects on measures of nutrient intake, though it explained only about 10% of the total variance in nutrient intake. Finally, there was significant familial aggregation of nutrient intake measures, but their aggregation did not contribute significantly to the familial aggregation of fasting blood glucose. These results imply that similarities among relatives for fasting blood glucose are not due to similarities in nutrient intake among relatives.
Gu, Qin (Ken), "Sources of familial aggregation and co-aggregation of fasting blood glucose and nutritional factors among Mexican-Americans in Starr County, Texas" (1995). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI9631374.