Family History

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Imagine your living room filled with family, great food, and holiday cheer. You dim the lights, start a fire … and talk about diabetes, cancer, and other medical conditions.

Okay, that’s not exactly the scene in most homes around Christmas, but trust me, it’s a great idea to consider for this holiday season.

Heredity plays a big part in your health. Many diseases run in families through the generations, yet many of us don’t know about them.  Knowing the illnesses that run in your family help your doctor predict what you may be at risk for—and take action to keep you and your family healthy.

The holiday season is filled with family gatherings. So consider talking about and writing down the health issues which run in your family.

Learning your history may help you have a longer, healthier future—and that’s a great gift to the entire family.

If you would like to see other blogs by Dr. Walt on this topic, click here and then click on today’s story.