19 Feb 2019

Pacific cardiovascular research looks at role of ghrelin

From , 4:04 pm on 19 February 2019

New research is examining the role a certain hormone could play in the poor state of cardiovascular health in Pacific communities.

Pacific people die of cardiovascular illness at a higher rate than other communities, and research often looks at factors based around diet and lifestyle.

Otago University physiologist , Associate Professor Daryl Schwenke, says those factors play a role, but there are often other reasons, too.

He's looking at the hormone ghrelin, which is a key player in regulating appetite.

Dr Schwenke told Jamie Tahana that Pacific people have higher levels of ghrelin than others, which could explain a higher disposition.

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