How Your Family History Can Affect Your Health
November 29, 2012 Business News(PRLEAP.COM) You can significantly reduce the risk of disease and health complications just by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and avoiding cigarettes. But did you know your family history also has implications for your health?
Heart disease, diabetes, strokes, asthma and some forms of cancer are widespread health ailments that can be influenced by your family history. While you physically cannot change your genetic makeup, it's worth reviewing your family history as it can identify important clues about your chances of developing said problems.
This can be achieved by collecting information about your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings and children. Browse through death certificates and family records and analyse major medical conditions and causes of death that are passed down from generation to generation. Take note of the age the disease began and age at death. You can also ask blood relatives questions about already known inherited diseases. It helps to be sensitive; explain why you're asking and do it at the appropriate time in a private setting.
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If you've pinpointed diseases that run in your family that you believe you have a high probability of developing, share your findings with your doctor. They can then assess your risk based on family history and other factors, and then recommend steps to help reduce your chances.
You may still be at risk of developing a disease even if a particular health problem isn't present in your family history. This is because your personal medical history and lifestyle choices can affect your chances of developing a disease. Identifying certain diseases in family members may also not have been possible because they died young before a chronic disease could develop. The best path is to focus on prevention and living the healthiest lifestyle you can.
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