And on doctor reports it'll say my race (White). Why do they ask and why do they put it in doctor reports?
Most Helpful Girl
The most medically necessary reason to collect that information is that there are a few lab tests -- such as the eGFR creatinine test, for kidney function -- that actually have different "normal ranges" for people of different races. So, if yr racial information wasn't in yr chart, a doctor's ability to interpret those lab results would be limited.
People of different races (especially when their background is fairly "pure") also have different susceptibilities to various diseases, genetic modifiers, and environmental factors.
This is ESPECIALLY true for diet and nutrition. People of 100% East Asian ethnicity, for instance, can eat tons and tons of white rice every day and still have essentially zero risk of developing diabetes -- while people of 100% Anglo descent, or (especially) Native/First Nations people from polar regions, would be at extremely high risk of developing NIDDM ("type 2 diabetes") on EXACTLY the same diet.
Because there are various medical/nutritional/dietetic situations where yr race matters.3
Most Helpful Guy
Heath reasons. Different races have different health problems or are more likely to. Before anyone says it no that is not racist that is just the facts.0