Genes to Blame for Increased Risk in ADHD
While ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is often considered a condition that affects children and teens, up to 5 percent of adults worldwide may be living with ADHD. According to a Swedish study, adults with ADHD may have a genetic risk for developing conditions like alcohol dependence and binge eating disorder.
This study emphasizes the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment for ADHD and the associated risks. Researchers examined data from four large studies involving more than 18,000 pairs of identical and fraternal twins between the ages of 20 and 46 years old. They looked at the correlation between ADHD symptoms and food/alcohol behaviors.
According to researchers, heredity plays a larger role than environment in determining which adults with ADHD are at higher risk for developing eating disorders or alcohol dependence. Effective ADHD treatment may lower this risk.
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