Common Life-Threatening Diseases One Must Be Aware Of
There are several medical conditions that, whether due to genetics or for reasons that have not yet been discovered, some individuals have a higher risk of death. Some of the most prominent of these afflictions included sickle cell anemia, lupus and sarcoidosis. Several research studies have pinpointed genetic causes for some conditions but not for others.
- Sickle Cell Anemia. For individuals who have sickle cell anemia, the body produces abnormally-shaped red blood cells instead of shaped like doughnuts. Sickle cells are sticky and cause blockages in the veins and arteries, which can be very painful. It raises the risk of infections and organ damage as well, according to the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Young women are especially likely to develop the condition at an earlier age with more complications. There is no widely-available cure, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
- Lupus. One of the frightening things about lupus is that anyone can get it. When an individual develops lupus, their immune system begins to attack otherwise healthy organs and can affect any part of the body (skin, organs or even muscles). According to the Lupus Foundation, research conducted by the University of Chicago’s Dr. Timothy Niewold has identified at least six genetic differences between individuals in several ethnic groups, which could play a role in the development of the disease.
- Sarcoidosis. Characterized by the development of small lumps known as sarcoids in different regions of the body, Sarcoidosis isn’t necessarily fatal for those who are afflicted with it. If they develop in a non-vital part of the body, then there is minimal risk of death. However, if sarcoids appear on key organs, such as the lungs, then the lumps can cause severe damage and the result could be potentially be fatal.