Heart attack is the leading cause of death in the United States. For decades, we have known that risk for heart attack runs in families. Family history is particularly important when the disease occurs at a young age. These observations suggest that genetics plays an important role for heart attack.
Rates of type 2 diabetes are on the rise throughout the world. But Latin American countries carry a disproportionately heavy burden. In Mexico, the disease affects an estimated 14 percent of adults, twice the rate in Europeans and white Americans.