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Healthy Just Like Mom

Healthy Just Like Mom

It may seem like your mom is the one always asking the personal questions, but doctors say it’s important for daughters to do a little digging especially when it comes to your health. Experts say some investigative work is necessary to give you some insight into possible future health risks.  So, tell mom to have a seat and pony up some information. A little chit-chat may just save your life.

Ask your mom...
 
*Are you as tall as you were in your 20s? If you momma has lost a few inches since her younger years, then it may be an indicator of osteoporosis or osteopenia, a less critical bone condition. And here’s a scary thought: If your mom has osteoporosis, there’s a 50% chance you may develop the condition as well. Promote bone health by taking 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day and strength train to keep bones strong.
 
*Did you have a tough pregnancy? If so, it’s good to know because certain pregnancy difficulties may be passed on through the womb. For example, if your mom had to have a C-section because of her narrow pelvis and you have her hips, then you may have the same complications. Other inherited disorders include blood-clotting and gestational diabetes. Preempt these problems by notifying your ob-gyn ASAP.
 
*How are your peepers? If your mother has been diagnosed with eye problems, like glaucoma or macular degeneration, it is important to know that both conditions run in families. Left undiscovered, they can lead to vision damage or, worse, blindness.
 
*Feel blue? Having a parent with clinical depression makes you two to three times more apt to suffering from the condition than someone who does not have a dark family history. Beat it by learning to open up to friends and family, and if the symptoms continue, then seek help from a doctor.

Did you find it difficult to ask your mother these questions? Do you feel better knowing what you might be in for? [MSNBC]

Posted: 7/10/08