Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Yep, Your Parents Can Pass Down Stress


    We're all stressed, right?

Having to deal with a 2020 school year doesn't make it any easier.

We can however learn about one of the many reasons we feel so stressed.


    No, not because they keep trying to talk to us while we're in class, it's because there is a genetic component of stress that parents can pass down. According to a study conducted in 2013, chronic stress can lead to a fight or flight response in the body. This causes an increase in the expression of genes that lead to inflammation which is not good. It increases the risk of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. These changes in your DNA can cause genes to become silenced by methylation which is a process that puts a methyl group on DNA to keep it from working. It then gets passed down, silenced, to the next generation. But don't stress too much about stress because there are many ways to reduce it. Meditation, listening to music, and exercise are just three things you can add to your daily routine to help yourself out a bit. With the pandemic and academic stress, we all need to take the time to chill. So brew some tea, not coffee, put on some music, and be a couch potato for a few minutes a day.


  1. I assume what this means is frequency of gene expression can be passed onto offspring. I did not know about this, thank you for furthering my understanding.

  2. I found this article and the topic very interesting. I did not know that stress could be a gene expression given to offsprings.

  3. This was very informative. Ive always been a stressed out person but I didn't know that it could have been a expression passed down from my parents.

  4. I knew that stress could result in other health related issues to arise. However what I did not know is that chronic stress could be inherited. The fact that the chances of inherited stress can be reduced by simply taking a few moments to oneself to relax and tune out problems shows that this is just one of those things that are overlooked because stress becomes a bit overwhelming.