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environmental diseases

Saturday 29 December 2018


Definition : In epidemiology, environmental diseases are diseases that can be directly attributed to environmental factors (as distinct from genetic factors or infection).

Apart from the true monogenic genetic disorders, environmental diseases may determine the development of disease in those genetically predisposed to a particular condition.

Stress, physical abuse and mental abuse , diet , exposure to toxins , pathogens , radiations , and chemicals found in almost all personal care products and household cleaners are possible causes of a large segment of the non-hereditary diseases.

If a disease process is concluded to be the result of a combination of genetic factors and environmental factors , its etiological origin can be referred to as having a multifactorial pattern.

See also

- occupational diseases