If you have a chronic condition, you may be wondering if it’s because of genetics or your lifestyle. There are many genetic conditions out there that can be debilitating and chronic to patients. Some can run in families, but this can also happen because eating and exercise habits also run in families. Find out what chronic conditions are actually genetic and what ones are caused by how you are living!
How You Live Is Important
If you suffer from one or more chronic conditions, you may wonder if it is something you are doing or if it simply runs in your family. Often times, lifestyle choices are dictating whether you have a chronic condition or not. That includes how you eat, if you exercise, how your sugar intake is, what medications you take, if you’re sedentary during the day, and much more.
Many times, you may be able to avoid a genetic condition if you are making sure you are staying very healthy through diet, exercise and getting proper sleep. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that every person get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every single week. That is 30 minutes, 5 times a day. If you have chronic conditions such as obesity or diabetes in your genetic line, getting enough exercise can significantly reduce your risk of developing these conditions.
Other times, chronic conditions simply happen no matter what precautions you take. Studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health have found that genetics do play a part in a person developing chronic conditions. However, the genetic part plays a minimal role in many cases, as it’s a person’s lifestyle that will dictate whether they are at a greater risk for developing chronic conditions. No matter if you are genetically predisposed to develop a disease or condition, it’s always best to do all that you can to avoid those chronic conditions. When one happens to you, make sure to seek professional help at the start so that you get ahead of the symptoms right away.
Conditions that Can Happen From Genetics
As we mentioned, lifestyle is a major determining factor for if you will get chronic conditions. However, you do want to be aware that some chronic conditions can run in families and you may be at a higher risk for those conditions because of this. That will simply mean that you have to pay extra attention to your diet, exercise, medications, substance use, etc. What chronic conditions run in families?
- Diabetes, especially Type I Diabetes
- Cancer (Especially breast and colon)
- Heart Disease
- Macular Degeneration/Glaucoma
- High Blood Pressure
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Sickle-Cell Anemia
- Marfan Syndrome
- Huntington’s Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
These are just a few examples of chronic conditions that can be genetic. Many of these bring painful and long-lasting symptoms. However, you can keep many symptoms under control by working with a professional by enrolling in therapies that help with chronic pain, inflammation, joint problems and more. Those who do get help for their conditions can enjoy life with fewer chronic symptoms and with a smaller risk of having several chronic conditions at the same time.
What Can a Poor Diet Cause?
When we talk about chronic conditions, we always look at a patient’s diet. Your food is the fuel that keeps your body going. If the fuel you’re putting in is poor, your body will run poorly. Humans have always thrived on a diet that is full of veggies, fruits, whole grains, dairy and healthy fats (like nuts). They have never sustained a healthy body when a diet is packed full of simply desserts, pizza, soda and other junk food. Unfortunately, in modern times people are always on-the-go and grabbing the quickest food they can. Quick food items are usually ones poor in nutrition.
Too much each day can lead to obesity, which can lead to almost any chronic condition, especially diabetes and heart disease. Too little nutrition can lead to stroke, heart attack, chronic fatigue and even death. Getting enough to eat but getting poor nutrition can lead to smaller chronic problems, but ones that can turn into chronic conditions over time:
- Chronic digestive issues
- Poor immune system function, which means frequent or recurring illness
- Obesity and excess weight gain
- Diabetes due to fluctuating blood sugar levels
- Chronic fatigue that keeps you from feeling rested
- Frequent or daily headaches and migraines
- Daily heartburn and acid reflux
- Low-grade aches and pains with no other cause
- Mood disorders, irritability and depression
- Reoccurring diarrhea or constipation
- Diseases caused by nutrient deficiency
Many people don’t know where to start when they have daily symptoms that interfere with their life. Do they live with the pain? Are their symptoms big enough that you can see a doctor for them? Chronic conditions are called “chronic” because they are conditions that are persistent and long-lasting. If you have something that has plagued you for up to 3 months (even if it is off and on throughout life), then it is definitely considered “chronic”. However, low-grade aches, pains, digestive issues and more are still chronic when they disrupt your day and your ability to reach your goals.
When you feel something is “off”, but you’re not quite sure, make sure to get tested. Let us review your symptoms and see what we can do to help relieve them. There is always a therapy for every patient’s needs and symptoms. Our doctors expertly treat patients with chronic conditions. If this is you, call Spine Correction Center today at (970) 658-5115 for your free consultation!