Insomnia, Depression + 6 More Hereditary Diseases That Women Can Transmit

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Our genes determine not only the way we look and how we behave but also flaws of our bodies. Even such things as depression and insomnia can be caused by genetic predisposition.

Nexter.org prepared a list of 8 genetically transmitted diseases.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Source: Medical Xpress

Scientists believe that the damage to the joints happens due to the impaired immune system in people with a hereditary predisposition, but the true reason is unclear.

How to prevent it:

  • Do not smoke;
  • Do not drink too much coffee;
  • Do not eat too much red meat;
  • Watch your teeth and gums as a periodontal disease may lead to rheumatoid arthritis;
  • Add more products with vitamin C to your diet, it will help to reduce the risk of inflammation in your body.

Premature aging

Source: TED Ideas

Scientists found out that some particular genes are responsible for how long we manage to keep our youth. They are transmitted from generation to generation on the maternal line. There is a chance to inherit damaged DNA and because of this, the aging process will be faster.

Unfortunately, scientists do not know how to reverse this process yet.

Depression

Source: Chatelaine

Depression affects more than 300 million people a year and scientists were able to find the gene – Slc6a15, which is the main culprit and is inherited. Women are twice more likely to be affected than men. Postpartum depression is also transmitted genetically.

How to prevent it:

  • Take care of your physical condition. It means a good sleep, a balanced diet, and a regular exercise.
  • Do not stay alone with your problem – ask your friends and/or relatives to help you. Sometimes just a simple talk is enough.
  • Feel free to contact a specialist if you feel that your condition is deteriorating.

Glaucoma

Source: Taste For Life

There are way more women affected by glaucoma than men, and this genetic mutation can be are inherited.

How to prevent it:

  • Do regular checkups – by the age of 40 – every 2 to 4 years, 40–54 years – every 1–3 years, 55–64 years – every 1–2 years, after 65 years – every 6–12 months.
  • Do regular but moderate exercise like walking or jogging – 3 or more times a week.

Сardiovascular diseases

Source: MPR

If you have more fat around your belly – the chance to get cardiovascular diseases increases by 2 times. Excess cholesterol that deposits on the walls of blood vessels is also inherited and can block the coronary arteries, which leads to a stroke or heart attack.

How to prevent it:

  • Find the type of physical activity that you like the most and do it 3-4 times a week for at least 30 minutes;
  • Quit eating salty, sweet and fatty foods, eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains;
  • Quit smoking;
  • Do regular checkups, in particular, monitor the level of blood pressure and cholesterol.

Migraines

Source: Emergency Physicians Monthly

Women suffer from migraines 3 times more often than men. This disease is also transmitted genetically, but you can alleviate your condition and reduce the frequency of attacks.

How to prevent it:

  • Cut down on alcohol, chocolate, cheese, coffee, and citrus fruits — all of these foods cause migraines;
  • Try not to be in places with strong smells and too bright lighting;
  • Drink plenty of water;
  • Give yourself time to relax and unwind every day;

Alzheimer’s disease

Source: Wikipedia

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, which is much more common among women than among men. Medicine for the disease have not been invented yet, but you can significantly reduce the risks if you lead a healthy lifestyle.

How to prevent it:

  • Keep track of your blood pressure and cholesterol;
  • Quit smoking;
  • Do sports;
  • Limit sugar and saturated fat, add fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Insomnia

Source: Lifehacker

Scientists have not only discovered genes that cause insomnia, but also its strong connection to other disorders that are inherited: anxiety, depression, and neuroticism. These diseases go hand in hand with insomnia, and this means that they have the same genetic basis.

How to prevent it:

  • Do not go to bed with negative thoughts;
  • Do not drink coffee, do not smoke or eat heavy food at the end of the day;
  • Do not exercise late in the evening – it is better to finish the workout 4 hours before bedtime;
  • Try to go to bed and get up at the same time.

We hope this information was useful. Stay healthy!


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