Blame Your Parents For These 10 Health Problems

Teenage girl checking her face for pimple in the mirror

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. Unfortunately inheritance is not always in terms of cold hard cash or property. Its can also be diseases and chronic conditions. So the next time they threaten to make public your most embarrassing photo, (yes that one in THAT sweater) send this list their way.

1. Baldness

Male baldness is inherited from a mother’s father. Frankly, scientists don’t have a very good understanding of why some men go bald and others don’t. Heredity definitely plays a role. But male-pattern baldness is likely due to issues with several genes from one or both parents.

2. Color Blindness

Colorblindness affects about 10 percent of men but less than 1 percent of women. It is directly inherited, and here’s why women are a little luckier: Genes for the eye’s red and green receptors sit near each other on the X-chromosome. Men have one X-chromosome, which they inherit from their mother; women have two, and a good gene will often balance out a defective one.

3. Lactose Intolerance

Those who can’t digest the natural sugar in milk and other dairy products are said to be lactose intolerant. Your chances of having the condition depend on your parents and their ancestors, going way, way back. Though this condition is known to skip generations, if you have it chances are your offspring might not.

4. Acne

Pimples plague about 85 percent of teens, and some adults struggle with acne, too. But scientists aren’t certain about all the causes of acne. Likely culprits include overproduction of natural skin oils, dead skin cells, contact with greasy stuff, plus the buildup of bacteria. Experts say stress and hormones play roles too and if your parents had acne, you’re likely to develop it too.

5. Heart Disease

No doubt there are many causes of heart attacks and heart disease in general. Smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise are surefire ways to pump up the risk, but heredity plays a strong role. Having a family history of early heart disease is one of the biggest risk factors.

6. Obesity

Although it is true that obesity is the result from the combination of too little exercise and too much food, recent research has suggested that your genetic makeup may also play a role in the health condition. The gene controls body mass and regulates body composition. They also determine your metabolism and body shape.

7. Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking is a fairly common behavior that CBS reported around 3.6% of adults experience regularly. An astonishing 30 percent of people admit to have experienced at least once in their lifetime. Although sleepwalking is more common in children than adults, a recent study found that children are far more likely to sleepwalk if their parents also sleepwalked during their childhood.

8. Breast Cancer

Recently, doctors have discovered that individuals with specific genetic mutations are at greater risk for developing some forms of cancer than the general population. Knowing the key genes that significantly increase cancer risk, and having precise cancer risk estimates, ultimately could help assess the breast cancer risk for each woman and allow better targeting for early detection.

9. Learning Disabilities

Until recently, individuals with learning disabilities were often regarded as simply less intelligent. Today, although we are better able to recognize the existence of learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, many individuals affected by it often go undiagnosed. A 2014 study found that variants of the DCD2 gene were responsible for both dyslexia and language impairment, and those who had certain variants of the gene had a “substantially increased likelihood of developing such disabilities.”

10. Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a debilitating chronic disease that affects 7% of individuals aged 18 or older. Research into “alcohol genes” revealed that individuals with alcohol use disorders often share a number of genetic mutations that set them apart from the general population. Alcoholism seems to be the result of a complex combination of both genetics and environmental influences.


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