It’s already been proven that the illness that your mother or even your relatives is suffering can predict the future of your own health. There’s no need to get paranoid, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re bound to get the same disease for sure, but being aware of your mother’s health history is a great step to take precautions like learning to spot signs early to protect yourself.
So ask your mother this questions:
Have you ever been depressed?
In a research done by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, their report states that if your mother once suffered from major depression, then the risk of if it happening to you is two or three times higher.
Did you have trouble conceiving?
The health factor behind problems with conceiving is called endometriosis. The cause if this disease is unknown but it is proven that if your mother had it, your risk is increased to 7%, where regular girls are at only 2-3%.
Have you ever broken a bone?
Ask your mother how old she was when she broke a bone because if she broke a bone when she was relatively young and it was a minor fall, she could have osteoporosis and if she does, studies show that you’re likely to be five times more at risk.
Do you have Type-II Diabetes?
If you’re African or have a parent or sibling with the disease, you’re at a higher risk of developing type II diabetes – a condition in which the body becomes resistant to insulin (a hormone that is essential in helping the body to convert food into energy). The illness often begins gradually after age 40, most often in people who are overweight. It can typically be controlled with diet and exercise. If you fall into a high-risk category, you should have a test done no matter how old you are.
Have you ever been anorexic?
If your mother had an eating disorder, chances are you will too. Although it’s still unclear how much a mother actually passes these ‘bad habits’ down to their kids, but according to the Eating Disorders Association, about 20% of people suffering from eating disorders have inherited it from either one of their parents. It still isn’t the right excuse to become anorexic. As Professor Janet Treasure of the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London puts it, “Gene loads the gun, but the environment pulls the trigger.”
Have you ever miscarried?
Although miscarriage is not hereditary, there are several hereditary health problems, such as thrombosis and high blood pressure, which can lead to miscarriage, also pre-eclampsia, a condition caused by a defect in the placenta which restricts the flow of blood to the baby. This defect has a strong hereditary link and can be life-threatening if not treated. If your morn had it, you are four times more likely to have it too.
Have you ever had breast cancer?
There’s a family link caused by ‘faulty’ genes, but the good news is that hereditary breast cancer is rare. “The vast majority of breast cancer accounts for only one in 20 cases,” says Wendy Watson, who runs the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline. “Even if your mother is affected, your chances of carrying the breast cancer gene is still relatively low. The important thing is to examine yourself every month after your period; you’ll be able to spot anything suspicious more easily.”
Has anyone in the family had colon cancer?
About 5% of all colon cancers are directly caused by inherited genetic abnormalities. People who develop colon cancer that is non-hereditary rarely contract it before age 40, but hereditary colon cancers often occur in younger people. Experts in hereditary colon cancers strongly recommend that people with unusually high rates of colon cancers in their families be surveyed regularly for cancerous growths, even if they have no symptoms.
Are you or anyone of our family suffering from hair loss?
Approximately 70% of women with thinning hair can be caused by either the mother’s or father’s side of the family. Because hair loss that’s because of genes is gradual, the sooner treatment is started, the better the chances of results. Checking with your mother to see if you have a possible genetic tendency to hair loss might help you recognize the symptoms early enough to slow the progression.
Does anyone in our family have Heart Disease?
Experts recommend a blood test done to detect high cholesterol starting at age 45. But high cholesterol is associated with coronary heart disease, so if you have a family history of heart disease, coupled with other factors like an unhealthy diet, you’d better have the test done immediately, no matter what your age.
These are just the family’s health history. Your chance of inheriting is low. Just be aware and take precautions.Sponsored links: