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Of women on birth control pills who have cardiac incidents, what percentage have secondary causes, such as smoking or a genetic predisposition?
Outstanding question: Excellent question! Let me re-phrase it: what is the risk of having any type of vascular event? It depends on exact formulation, duration of use, & risk factors. No prospective studies have been reported. Here is summary from the NIH: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK148774/. This reports odds ratios. If the risk is 1 in a million, an OR of 2 is only 2 per million. They're rare. ...Read more
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Yes and no: Genetic predisposition is what you are born with, for good or bad (like brca mutations causing breast and ovarian cancer). Can't do anything to change your genes although you can work to decrease the odds if you have a high risk gene. Lifestyle choices may increase the risk even more so avoiding unhealthy choices will be beneficial. In other words, change what you can but be aware of your risk. ...Read more
Family History: Your family history should give you a good idea as to the genetic predisposition. ...Read more
Absolutely, yes!: Many of us live in an environment with is predisposed to stress, with or without genetic predisposition. Lifestyle changes can make a huge difference. Start with the basics ("easy", but challenging to incorporate in to your daily schedule): eat a healthy meal/snack every 3-4 hours, go to bed relatively early and get enough sleep, try to limit caffeine and alcohol, and get up and move every day! ...Read more
Help plz! Can schizophrenia develop due to environmental factors alone without a genetic predisposition?
Can lifestyle affect genetic predisposition to get cancer? For example can healthy lifestyle decrease chance of cancer in jewish women
Yes: A healthy lifestyle (no tobacco, eating well, exercising) will reduce the risk of getting cancer in any person, jewish or not. Certain jewish and other ethnic groups have a higher risk than others (e.g. Ashkenazi jews and brca mutations) so gather as much family info as you can and discuss this with your doc. Live healthy please. Best regards. ...Read more
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more
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