In the first place, when it comes to family ties, you can surely end up inheriting more than your mother’s talent for sketching and your grandmother’s comedic charm. On the other hand you may also be prone to inherited health conditions. It is hereditary diseases have the potential of being carried from one generation to another.

Here are the six surprising health conditions with hereditary connections.

1. Male Pattern Baldness

 It is a very common type of hair loss often blamed on a trio such of environmental, genetic and hormonal factors. Also the male pattern baldness can emerge as young as the early ’20s with a gradually receding hairline that takes the entire crown over the next 5 to 25 years. It’s clear that this particular “balding” gene is inherited through mom. It’s important to keep in mind that scientists claim baldness can be passed down from anyone in your family lineage.


2. Congenital Alactasia

On the other hand, Congenital Alactasia is another genetic condition that causes babies to develop an intolerance to lactose (the sugars in milk). It will also affect 1 in 60, 000 newborns. It’s clear that this rare condition causes severe diarrhea, dehydration and digestive upset in infants who are unable to break down lactose in breastmilk or formula due to lack of production of lactose enzyme.

Most people with lactose non-persistence retain some lactose activity and can include varying amounts of lactose in diets without experiencing symptoms.

Congenital Alactasia

3. Autosomal Recessive Diseases

So when a health condition emerges in a newborn child, the risk is often tracked back by doctors in the family tree. Certain rare genetic disease baffle medical professionals where the disease is an autosomal recessive disease, like Wilson’s Disease or Cystic Fibrosis, which result via inherited mutated genes passed on through parents, even both parents appear healthy.

Autosomal recessive disorders mean two of an abnormal gene must be present in order for the disease or trait to develop.

Autosomal Recessive Diseases

4. High Cholesterol

Yes, diet and certain lifestyle factors can definitely impact your cholesterol. There are 1 in every 500 individuals exists a genetic mutation that causes familial hypercholesterolemia.

It’s an inherited disorder that messes with the ability to metabolize cholesterol properly, which can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

High Cholesterol

5. Maturity- Onset Diabetes

Also the Maturity- Onset Diabetes of the Young or MODY is the onset of diabetes symptoms in polygenetic form, meaning the result of gene mutation (family carriers) rather than environments. MODY occurs in 5 percent of children, teen and young adults when developing symptoms similar to those with type 2 diabetes.

It also refers to any of several hereditary forms of diabetes caused by the mutation in an autosomal dominant gene disrupting insulin production.

Maturity- Onset Diabetes

6. Certain Types of Cancer

The scientific world has alerted the woman to the BRCA 1 or BRCA2 mutations inherited mutations associated with increased ovarian and breast cancer risk. However, when it comes to cancer risk, particularly breast and ovarian cancers, doctors often ask for the family history from the patients.

Certain Types of Cancer


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