#1055: MM- Genetics Influence Suicide Risk

It’s time for another mental health check.  This is Judy Gaman and this is your Stay Young Medical Minute.  Suicide rates are on the rise.  The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people commit suicide yearly.  It is also the second leading cause of death in people ages 15 to 29.  New research out of University of Utah suggests that genetics may play a role in suicide risk.  Researchers were able to examine the genetics of 1,300 DNA samples of people who lost their lives to suicide.  Using this information, they were able to localize four genetic variants and 207 genes that influenced their risk.  This research could pave the way for better treatment options for suicidal thoughts and tendencies.  Talk to your doctor if you or a loved one are battling suicidal thoughts.  This Stay Young Medical Minute is brought to you by Executive Medicine of Texas, a leader in preventative and proactive medicine. Learn why patients from around the globe trust Executive Medicine of Texas to their health. Visit EMTexas.com that’s EMTexas.com.

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