Washington: Researchers have found that some of the same genes are likely involved in alcohol dependence and eating disorders.The researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report that people with alcohol dependence may be more genetically susceptible to certain types of eating disorders and vice versa."In clinical practice, it`s been observed that individuals with eating disorders also have high rates of alcohol abuse and dependence," Melissa A. Munn-Chernoff, PhD, the study`s first author said."Other studies have focused on the genetic connections between alcohol dependence and eating disorders, but all of those studies looked only at women. Ours was the first to include men as well," she said.According to Munn-Chernoff, a postdoctoral research scholar in psychiatry, that`s important because although eating disorders tend to be thought of as a female problem, they affect men, too.
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