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Leading Causes of Death Inherited by Family Genealogy and DNA

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Family Genealogy Can Prolong Your Life

Not interested in your genealogy?  Maybe you should because it might just save or prolong your life.

Keeping family records may sound boring but in truth, it is interesting not just because it broadens your knowledge about who your relatives are but the history that your family has traveled through.

Looking through the Internet you will find an enormous resource of information on how to document your family genealogy to make it easier.  Don't be afraid to ask relatives how your grandparents and great grandparents died.  Even if they don't know the exact medical terminology, any clues can help you narrow it down and especially death certificates which may have a description of the cause of death.

While performing my own Greek family genealogy research, I began to notice some of the hereditary diseases that were common between my lineage and some that were common between other family members.

I decided to create this short list of the causes of death because after speaking with a few doctors, I learned that it is possible to inherit medical illnesses preexisting seven (7) generations.

That means that a person could theoretically inherit a disease from any of their parent's parents going back about 200 years, which of course is based on the DNA of the individual!

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic lower respiratory disease
  • Accidents Unintentional
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer and Dementia, theorized by past generation as decrepitude or senility
  • Diabetes
  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Kidney disease (nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis)
  • Suicide
  • Obesity
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Huntington's disease
  • Hemochromatosis


Some of the above may not be directly inherited such as Dementia but may result from other inherited illness.

Accidents are not inherited, and suicide may be inherited according to cases were families have neurobiological problems.

I know that this may sound dismal and depressing but if we are to believe that life is wonderful then we should also want to know how to live healthier and longer.

In conclusion for those of you who are family genealogists, reexamine those death certificates and consult your doctor.

References:

Wikipedia List of causes of death by rate

Causes of death over 100 years UK statistics 1915 to 2015

European Union (EU) Causes of death 2004 to 2014

The National Human Genome Research Institute Specific Genetic Disorders

MedicineNet Genetic Diseases Overview

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