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Doctor insights on: Genetics Of Alcoholism And Obesity

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What are the reasons that people associate cholesterol with obesity?

Frequently : Obese individuals have high cholesterol and or conditions that predispose to high cholesterol like diabetes. Individuals who are normal weight are just as apt to have high cholesterol thus indicating the genetic component. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

A condition in which a person has too much body fat, with a BMI greater than 30. This indicates the person is not in in good health. It is not the same as being overweight because weight can come from other things like muscle, bone, ...Read more


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Do genes with kabuki indicators overlap with congenital disorders of glycosylation or lysosome storage diseases? Or are they all in separate areas?

Do genes with kabuki indicators overlap with congenital disorders of glycosylation or lysosome storage diseases? Or are they all in separate areas?

Kabuki: The genetics of kabuki are unclear with some cases thought to be x-linked and others following an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritence. It is estimated that 2/3 are related to a gene on chromosome 12 (mll2) which may be responsible for variable gene expression (epigenetics). While epigenetic variation opens the door to many disorders, none of these directly related to glycosylation or lsd. ...Read more

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Which health problems are linked to being overweight?

Which health problems are linked to being overweight?

Diabetes: diabetes, high blood pressure, inflamed liver, sleep apnea, are all related to obesity. The metabolic syndrome with large waste,insulin resistance, abnormal cholesterol is also related to obesity. ...Read more

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How common are heart problems in the teens and 20s?

How common are heart problems in the teens and 20s?

Congnital heart dise: Teens and 20s do not normally have heart problems like coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy etc. But some who are born with congenital heart disease even if cured by surgery may still have residual disease and complications, rarely they can have viral infections causing complications like cardiomyopathy.And occasionally rheumatic heart disease.These are not that common but still seen. ...Read more

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Are people with autism at more risk of health problems?

Are people with autism at more risk of health problems?

Yes: People with autism have a higher risk of several types of health problems such as seizures, gastrointestinal problems and adhd. The communication difficulties in autism can also make it difficult for medical professionals to detect other problems such as heart burn or constipation. Many healthcare professionals receive limited training in autism. ...Read more

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What factors are associated with mental development in children?

What factors are associated with mental development in children?

Many Things!: Factors we know are associated with mental development in children include nutrition ( breast vs bottle feeding) macronutrient and micronutrient intake, genetics certainly play a significant role in cognitive development, social determinants including demographics are involved. Parent factors like level of bonding for infants and overall parenting skills also are significant. Many variables! ...Read more

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Can the usage of social media contribute to mental disorders or are these mental disorders already present before usage of social media?

Can the usage of social media contribute to mental disorders or are these mental disorders already present before usage of social media?

We are living in a: "Brave New World" with both amazing opportunities and dangers. Social media, like social interactions can be assets enhancing lives and improving mental health or deficits contributing to and increasing mental disorders. On one hand anonymousness and lack of oversight of social media can lead to bullying and abuse. When used for social good, it can lead to wonderful encounters and accomplishments. ...Read more

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What are some mental illnesses that associates in memory loss and becoming crazy?

What are some mental illnesses that associates in memory loss and becoming crazy?

Some are...: Korsakoff's dementia, alzheimers's disease, traumatic brain injury, and dissociative amnesia. These are some mental illnesses with memory loss and atypical behavior. ...Read more

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What causes cognitive and social problems in kids?

What causes cognitive and social problems in kids?

Many causes: Cognitive problems are quite different than social problems. The causes for each or both are many. There can be physical conditions as well as emotional disorders. Without knowing more precisely which problems you are referring to, it is difficult to give a proper answer. I would start with discussing the concerns with the child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Other Problems: Societal problems such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and lack of availability of mental health services contribute to violence in our society. Some of our regulations also need to be re-examined. ...Read more

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What are the most fatal health problems are linked to being overweight?

What are the most fatal health problems are linked to being overweight?

Obesity health: Over 20 different medical conditions have been linked to obesity. The yearly cost to the healthcare system is estimated at over $100 billion. The common disorders include hypertension, asthma, reflux, diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, depression, and an increase risk of falls. Life threatening conditions include heart disease, certain cancers, and blood clots. ...Read more

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I notice that more & more folks have diabetes. Is that mostly due to genetic defects, besides food, milieux, obesity, among other things?

I notice that more & more folks have diabetes. Is that mostly due to genetic defects, besides food, milieux, obesity, among other things?

Not really: More people are gettinfg diabetes because of sedentary life style and excessive eating genetic plays the same role as it did 100 yrs ago. ...Read more

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Can mutations in certain grandparents cause Asperger syndrome in grandchildren?

Can mutations in certain grandparents cause Asperger syndrome in grandchildren?

Possible: Certainly there are genetic tendencies, but they are not commercially available to test. And even if there is a family history there is no way to know for sure that that gene trait will be passed. Some genetic abnormalities are spontaneous mutations. ...Read more

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What are the biological contributors to childhood obesity?

What are the biological contributors to childhood obesity?

Genes, diet exercise: A complex question. Kids can inherit a predisposition to obesity from one or both parents, but whether they actually become obese depends a lot on their caloric intake (especially if they consume lots of high sugar foods and drinks) and how much energy they expend on exercise. Newer research also suggests that the bacteria in your gut may have an important effect on how easily some people gain ...Read more

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How are sleep disorders linked with dementia?

How are sleep disorders linked with dementia?

Sleep and dementia: Melatonin is a molecule, which is released as a hormone of the pineal gland predominantly during night. Melatonin secretion decreases during aging. Reduced melatonin levels are also observed in various diseases, such as types of dementia. A common symptom of insufficient melatonin signaling is sleep disturbances. Melatonin immediate release is already effective for reducing difficulty in sleeping. ...Read more

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Are mental problems linked to age?

Are mental problems linked to age?

Not directly: Of course, some types of mental problems are increasingly common in older people (e.g., dementia), but it is not the age, per se, that causes it. Instead, some types of brain disease processes can begin to show up as a person ages. These diseases are sometimes manifested as memory or other cognitive problems or difficulties. Other mental disorders also tend to have onsets within specific ages. ...Read more

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How are atheletes/models/etc and binge-eating disorders linked?

How are atheletes/models/etc and binge-eating disorders linked?

Important link: Many models and performers suffer from eating disorders including bulimia, anorexia nervosa and binge eating disorder, much higher than the general population. ...Read more

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What is the genetic component to autoimmune disease? I know someone with 6 people in their family with them...& all are neurological..Ms..Cidp...Etc.

What is the genetic component to autoimmune disease? I know someone with 6 people in their family with them...& all are neurological..Ms..Cidp...Etc.

Multiple sclerosis : Good question. Many autoimmune disorders have a prominent genetic predisposition with variable degree of inheritance. We believe most of those conditions require a dual trigger: one being the genetic predisposition and the other some type of environmental trigger (viral infection) that starts the immunological reaction. ...Read more

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What types of social problems do obese teens and adults face?

What types of social problems do obese teens and adults face?

Many in addition: In addition, it is well known that obese people earn less money at their job, also are less likely to get a job.Obesity is often judged by others as a sign that a person could be lazy or not work as hard at their job. In todays world, where jobs are not as plentiful, obesity could stand in a person's way when he/she applies for a job. Please note that I do not agree with these negative perceptions. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more


Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

An addiction to alcohol or mental illness and compulsive behavior ...Read more