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17 thoughts on “List of Jewish Genetic Diseases

  1. Eric Rodríguez says:


    It’s a fact that Hyperhidrosis is a jewish disease… I think of the mediterranean dieta is related to all these diseases…

  2. Robert Amsterdam says:

    Would you consider that Pemphigus should be included in a list of Mediterranean Jewish diseases?

  3. Melanie baker says:

    I have gauchers disease. I wish I wasn’t Jewish!

  4. CA says:

    I heard that PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is significantly common in those of Jewish blood. I am of Jewish descent although distantly. I also suffer Dystonia

  5. Rhonda says:

    machado-Joseph disease is another Jewish disease. It affects the muscles. My dad passed away with it and now my brother has it and there is no help for it.

    1. Roxanna says:

      Thanks a lot for the helpful article. It is also my belief that mesothelioma has an extremely long latency period of time, which means that signs of the disease might not emerge until eventually 30 to 50 years after the preliminary exposure to asbestos. Pleural meselhotioma, which is the most common sort and has effects on the area within the lungs, could potentially cause shortness of breath, upper body pains, including a persistent coughing, which may produce coughing up maintain.

  6. Michelle Miller says:

    This coming September I am being tested for celiac disease when I have my colonoscopy and upper GI. My diverticulitis has been dormant 10 years My dyverticulitus Has been doin 10 years. It recently flared up where I was hospitalized 6 days released August 6, 2015. Since the hospital I didn’t eating gluten free and without sulphates and my abdomen and feeling back to normal a little bit every day which I did on my own.

    I am Jewish heritage and and recently was informed to stay away from any milk and cheese products as this may contribute two other immune diseases Jewish heritage. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

    1. LA Rosen says:

      From my extensive reading on this subject, you must have a Celiac test while still consuming wheat/gluten in your diet or the test results are not valid. They are usually testing for an antibody, and you must consume gluten to create the antibody. Phone your doctor’s office about this to have your test sooner rather than later since you have adopted a gluten-free diet. Also, you may have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and that can present the same symptoms as Celiac, but not quite as sensitive to small wheat exposures. For that, a low FODMAP diet is indicated as a great treatment to suppress the symptoms. (There are several websites, Facebook groups, and blogs which share background and tips for this diet; and a good overview can be had at Stanford University website and Monash University (Australia) which are doing much of the research on the elimination of short-chain carbohydrates and its impact on IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, and other gastric diseases, as well as fibromyalgia, autism, and many auto-immune disorders. And, there is an app from Monash on the diet’s restrictions and allowances. It helps 75% of those presenting symptoms who follow it strictly. Wheat (fructans) are just one of the many fermentable carbs that is restricted (but not 100% as is essential for celiacs). After an elimination period of restricting all known fermentable short-chain carbs, they are carefully tested and some reintroduced — logging your consumption and reactions — to learn what works or does not for you. Reducing your inflammation is a helpful step in working toward a possible cure, but the diet itself is just a treatment to contain symptoms. Gut health is linked to physical health and some anxiety disorders and other mental health issues. Adding digestive enzymes may be worth testing as well, but learning the root cause of your symptoms is paramount to working toward a solution. Good luck. (Most Jews are lactose intolerant, as are most Asians. Switch to lactose free products to see how your respond to those. Aged cheeses have very little or no lactose — a sugar that is hard for those lacking the lactase enzyme. You can supplement the lactase enzyme for those times you cannot avoid consumption of lactose. If you still react to dairy (cramping, bloating, diarrhea then you may also have a problem with casein and must avoid all dairy products, even aged ones or those labeled “lactose free”.) You would benefit from having a nutritionist who is well versed in IBS, Crohn’s, and trained in the application of the FODMAP diet. (Fermentable olgo-, di-, and mono-saccharides, and polyols — the categories of carbs to be avoided) Look for Kate Scarlata’s blog site or website as she shares a link to dieticians and nutritionists trained in FODMAP. (And, she gives a great printout for what you can and cannot eat on the diet, broken out by category — which is most helpful for the reintroduction phase.) It can seem overwhelming, but it’s so effective for so many that it’s worth learning about and trying — but strict adherence is necessary to learn if it’s truly effective for you. And your doctor must play a role in testing for co-disorders such as SIBO (needs a breath test for hydrogen and methane and is treatable with specific antibiotics followed by probiotics) and, of course, determining why those conditions have developed. (Motility issues, and the causes of that.) It’s a lot of detective work, but sharing symptoms and test results with a group of people who have been through this is helpful in providing feedback, leads, and good suggestions — all to be taken with caution because everyone’s condition may be different enough that what works for one may not for another, or may cause harm so should be done with medical guidance. Best of luck. It may not be a “Jewish thing” but just an imbalance in your gut bacteria that could be curable, and at least may be treatable.

      1. Kudos says:

        Great in depth information LA Rosen!
        Btw, the celiac antibodies commonly throw false negative or false positive results.

    2. Sarah Seph says:

      That is very similar to our family.. diverticular disease.. GI… I am sulphite and buttermilk intolerant… I have PoTS / dysautonomia.. fibromyalgia.. chronic fatigue.. now numbness and rining.. probably autistic lol

      Mine is unbroken line of sephardi women on maternal.. just been checked for Ehlers Danlos but my physical score was low.. I still think I have a rare type..

    3. hi, yes no dairy except goats based, feta ok, sometimes mozzerella. have al the gi diseases also. do the gluten free. this helps. both my self and husband are a small portion of family genetics jewish, but still have the problems. hope you all feel better. jbb. 2/9/17.

  7. Lynne Klingbeil says:

    I, also, have dystonia, and am of distant Jewish descent. I would like to compare notes with you if you are interested.

    1. Suz Craig says:

      Yes, it would be nice to compare notes with others.
      I have cervical dystonia and have been told that I am distant Jewish descent.

    2. Dee says:

      How do you get tested for dystonia, one being limb and the other cervical dystonia? Is it the muscles? What professional diagnosis this? How long does it take and is it difficult or easy to diagnose?
      Thanks Dee

  8. CA says:

    My type of Dystonia is called Tardive Dystonia. It was caused in my case by a bad reaction to a medication called Largarctil (an old antipsychotic which isn’t used these days). I have cramping and spasms in muscles all over my body and also loss of balance and falling over easily

  9. have to stick with non dairy, except goats milk based. stay gluten free, very important. there are also mental illness issues that need to be addressed. i think migrations, trade routes are being looked at. feel better. jbb.

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