10 Genetic Disorders That Are Inherited Through the Female Line

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4. Depression

300 million people suffer from depression every year. Scientists managed to discover gene Slc6a15which is responsible for depression and can be inherited. Women are twice more likely to be affected by depression than men, and it can even become a chronic disease. Postpartum depression can also be inherited.

Preventive measures:

  • Take care of your physical state: you need to sleep well, have a well-balanced diet and get regular physical exercise.
  • Don’t hold your problems inside, turn to your friends and family for help. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to.
  • Don’t be ashamed to visit a psychotherapist if you feel that your condition has become worse.

5. Glaucoma

Women are affected by glaucoma more often than men, while the genetic mutations this disease is associated with can be inherited.

Preventive measures:

  • Get a check-up. You need to visit an ophthalmologist every 2 to 4 years before the age of 40, every 1 to 3 years from age 40 to 54, every 1 to 2 years from age 55 to 64, and every 6 to 12 months after the age of 65.
  • You need to practice regular but moderate physical exercise like walking or jogging 3 or more times a week. You can also do yoga but avoid doing upside down poses which can strain the neck and shoulders.

6. Сardiovascular diseases

The deposition of fat in a female body is defined genetically, so if fat is concentrated around the belly, the risks of cardiovascular diseases double. Excess cholesterol in the bloodstream which is deposited in the coronary arteries leading to a heart attack can be inherited too.

Preventive measures:

  • Being overweight increases the risks of having an apoplectic stroke, a heart attack, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Find the physical activity which suits you best and do it 3-4 times a week.
  • Revise your diet: give up salty, sweet and fatty foods and eat more vegetables, fruit and whole grains.
  • Quit smoking, you’ll reduce risks of cardiovascular diseases this way.
  • Have regular check-ups and keep an eye on your levels of arterial pressure and cholesterol.
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