Compared to people in the rest of Europe, Irish people have higher rates of cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, and galactosemia, a metabolic disorder that prevents the breakdown of sugars in dairy, legumes and organ meats.
Over one third of the Irish population report having a chronic illness, including heart disease, respiratory disease, cancer, and diabetes.
the most prevalent chronic conditions in Ireland are: • Diabetes (in those aged 45 to 74 years) • CHD (in those aged 75 years and older). Prevalence of multi- morbidities also increases with age: • 10% of those aged 75 years and older have two or more chronic conditions.
Despite being Ireland's most common genetic condition, haemochromatosis, a condition which could be life-threatening if left untreated, is not as widely known as other genetic conditions.
Since the discovery of the mutation in 1996, hemochromatosis has been called the “Celtic Curse,” “Irish Illness,” “Scottish Sickness,” and the “British Gene” for good reasons.
In the case of the Irish, he said, “Most autoimmune diseases – not all but most – tend to be more prevalent in people who came from Northern Europe than people who came from Southern Europe, and so my guess is that the Irish – who are Celts, who are fair-skinned people from Northern Europe – probably have a higher ...
Irish People Have a Unique Mix of Ancestry
Invasions and cultural exchanges have led to a unique genetic blend in Ireland. If you're Irish , you could have any of these other groups in your DNA: Post-Ice Age Explorers. Bell-Beaker-Culture Peoples.
Hereditary Haemochromatosis is Ireland's most common inherited disease and affects thousands of Irish adults. For someone to develop Haemochromatosis both their mother and father will have a defective gene.
Ireland has increased at a relatively high rate during the last century, and the present level is higher than that in the rest of the U.K. It has been suggested that changes in the population structure have had adverse genetic consequences which, along with an increase in the level of inbreeding in certain areas, have ...
Cancer mortality in Ireland
Cancer is the biggest killer in Ireland. It accounts for approximately 30% of deaths every year.
Findings from the study reveal that cancer and heart-related disease are the leading causes of death in Ireland. A small increase in cancer deaths and a slight decrease in deaths due to heart-related conditions between 2013 and 2018 saw cancer become the leading cause of death in Ireland.
Circulatory diseases and cancers remain the leading causes of death, accounting for more than 30 % of all deaths. Behavioural risk factors are a major driver of mortality in Ireland. While smoking rates among adults have reduced, obesity among adults is on the rise and is now slightly higher than the EU average.
Haemochromatosis most often affects people of white northern European background and is particularly common in countries where lots of people have a Celtic background, such as Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The overall mortality rate has reduced by 10.5% since 2009, but 2018 provisional data shows a slight increase in this rate of 2.3% from 2017. In 2016, 83% of Irish men and women rated their health as good or very good.
More than 80 per cent of Irish people reported having good or very good health. Irish people believe themselves to be the healthiest in Europe, according to new European Union statistics.
And compared with the rest of Europe, the Irish have higher rates of cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, and galactosemia, a serious metabolic disorder that prevents the breakdown of sugars in dairy, legumes, and organ meats. (Find out how Neanderthal DNA may be affecting your health.)
Blood group O Positive is the most common group in Ireland while AB negative is the least common.
From as far back as the 16th century, historians taught that the Irish are the descendants of the Celts, an Iron Age people who originated in the middle of Europe and invaded Ireland somewhere between 1000 B.C. and 500 B.C. That story has inspired innumerable references linking the Irish with Celtic culture.
Experts believe that a majority of Irish people have Celtic roots; however, a study published on Thursday found they may also have a great deal of influence from the Vikings, Anglo-Normans, and British.
Irish ethnicity developed from multiple groups such as the Gaelic Celts and the Anglo-Normans, which included the English, the Vikings, and the French.
More than half the population of Ireland have blue eyes, according to a new study. That figure is higher than any other country on the Irish and British isles. The research was carried out in 2014 by ScotlandsDNA and also revealed that blue is the most common eye colour on the two islands.
Blue eyes are most common in the UK, Ireland, Finland and Sweden. According to World Atlas, 8% - 10% of people in the world have blue eyes. Between 55% to 79% of people have brown eyes with dark brown eyes being most prominent in Africa, East Asia, and South East Asia.
The highest concentration of people with green eyes is found in Ireland, Scotland, and northern Europe. In fact, in Ireland and Scotland, more than three-fourths of the population has blue or green eyes – 86 percent!