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Preventing Your Family’s Health Problems Before They Start

JennaSmithIt is important to understand your family’s medical history. Knowing whether you have a genetic predisposition for certain types of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc can help you take proactive steps to keeping these problems at bay for as long as possible. You might not be able to prevent them entirely but you might be able to slow them down or reduce their severity.

Heart Disease

If you know that you come from a family of heart disease you should already be on a “heart healthy” diet. Ask your doctor for recommendations or literature to help you plan your meals accordingly. You should also be making sure to get in a full workout at least three times a week. This strengthens your muscles, including your heart. It also improves your circulation which helps reduce your risk of developing blood clots or other problems. If the heart problems in your family are particularly severe, make sure you know how to use and have some basic rescue equipment (AED Brands has good offers on those if your budget is tight) on hand.

Diabetes

It is true that Type 1 Diabetes cannot be prevented. It’s genetically passed down and usually starts to affect people at an early age. You can, though, make sure that you keep it in check by eating right, following your doctor’s instructions and taking your insulin properly.

Type 2 Diabetes is a disease that you can usually prevent. While the exact cause is unknown, this type of diabetes develops more often in people who are overweight, inactive and who have terrible eating habits. This makes it easy enough to prevent, though it does require some discipline. Work with your doctor to figure out which weight is the healthiest for your height and frame. Eat a healthy and balanced diet of whole and organic foods (just say no to HFCS). Learn and practice portion control. Get regular exercise—start with what you can do now and as you get stronger introduce new activities. Remember that weight loss and proper nutrition require constant maintenance.

Cancer

The really terrible thing about cancer is that if it is going to develop it is going to develop. You can’t completely stop it—especially if it is a hereditary cancer. That does not mean, however, that you can’t slow it down. Smoking and excessive drinking have been known to exacerbate, speed up and even sometimes induce lung and liver cancer. Failing to protect your skin against the harmful rays of the sun increases your risk of developing skin cancer. If you have a genetic predisposition to certain types of cancer (there are a lot of them) work with your doctor to figure out which behaviors you need to develop or moderate to reduce your risk of the cancer getting too serious too quickly.

The one thing that all of these diseases and conditions have in common is that, the earlier they are detected the easier they are to treat or even cure. This means that whether you are genetically predisposed to cancer, diabetes or heart disease, make sure you see your doctor regularly for checkups and scans. This preventative measure alone could be what saves your life!

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Posted by Jenna Smith on March 20th, 2013 in Diet and Fitness, Family, Health | 0 comments

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