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is there a reason incest leads to a lot of genetic disorders?

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Dr. Robert GalatzerLevy
Child Psychiatry 50 years experience
Double dose of genes: Genetic disorders are more likely to show up from incest because people who are related have many genes in common. Usually the genes that cause genetic disorders are rare but if the parents share genes the baby is likely to get a double dose of the rare gene so the disorder is more likely to be apparent. For some genes it requires the same gene come from both parents to show up in the child.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

What is a genetic disorder?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chromosomes abn.: A genetic disorder is an abnormality in the genetic makeup of an individual, abn expression of chromosomes, (your internal blueprint). This may have been inherited from parents, or a result of a spontaneous change in genes. Epogenetics is the expression of your genes and can be influenced by environment and nutrition. So it doesn't always have to "run in the family".
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Is cfs genetic?

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Dr. Indu Lal
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
NO: No, it can mimic a family's behavior pattern, but i don't think of any genetic involvement.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a large genetic component to cerebrovascular disease?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology 24 years experience
Not really: Though there are rare genetic stroke syndromes (eg cadasil), for the vast majority of strokes, risk factors with a strong genetic component (hypertension , diabetes, high cholesterol) are the much bigger contributors to strokes and heart attacks often running in families (getting these diseases increases risk of stroke).
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is fat storage in my waist and abdominal region genetic?

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Dr. Taras Kucher
Vascular Surgery 26 years experience
To some extent.: Truncal obesity is one of the major risk factors. There is a genetic predisposition, but just like with any case of obesity - it is a simple calory count math. If one uses more calories, then he or she consumes, the weight will reduce.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How would find a genetics counselor?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Pre-or postnatal?: Prenatal genetic counselors are usually housed with perinatologists, OB specialists. Geneticists are usually faculty in pediatrics departments of medical schools. Try http://www.Geneclinics.Org or http://www.Nsgc.Org.

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