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What increases my risk for distal muscular dystrophy?

Since all types of distal muscular dystrophies are inherited, your risk may be increased by certain genetic factors. Although doctors aren't completely sure of the exact genetic cause of every type of distal muscular dystrophy, they do know that mutations in certain genes that control muscle proteins are usually the cause. In most cases, if one or both of your parents have a type of distal muscular dystrophy-or in some cases, if they are simply carriers of the mutation causing distal muscular dystrophy-then your risk is greatly increased. Sometimes specific types of the disease affect certain ethnicities more than others, so for instance, if you're of Finnish descent, you may be more likely to develop Finnish (or tibial) distal myopathy, and if you're of Japanese heritage, you may be more likely to develop Nonaka distal myopathy.

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