There’s a reason why you are asked to fill out your family’s medical history before a doctor’s appointment. Family members share their genes, as well as their environment, lifestyles and habits. By noticing patterns of disorders among relatives, healthcare professionals can determine whether an individual, other family members, or future generations may be at an increased risk of developing a particular condition.
Most people recognize the traits that run in their family – dimples, freckles, bowleggedness, or curly hair. Risks for diseases such as heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma also runs in family.
Everyone’s family history of disease is different. The key features of a family history of disease are:
- Diseases that occur at an earlier age than expected (10 to 20 years before most other people get the disease)
- Disease in more than one close relative
- Disease that usually does not affect a certain gender (for example, breast cancer in a male)
- Certain combinations of diseases within a family (for example, breast and ovarian cancer, or heart disease and diabetes)
If your family has one or more of these features, your family history can hold important clues about your risk for disease. (Source: CDC)
The Dream Life is not complete without Dream Health. Don’t be afraid to ask your parents or grandparents about their health history and the ones that came before them. Knowledge is the first defense against disease. If you or someone you know need more information about how to achieve Dream Health, meet us in Atlanta for our Dream Walker Conference!
~Coach Daphne, Dream Health