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Why Family History is So Important to Your Health

I just came back from the doctor and I'm feeling really good about my health. I had my blood work drawn a few weeks ago, and the numbers are looking great. My blood pressure medication dosage was reduced, and I've remained pre-diabetes free since 2018.

The doctor and I also had a really great conversation about certain illnesses that run in families. He mentioned that families need to stop hiding what illnesses run in the family from one another. Having that knowledge can potentially help save those coming up behind you. Denial about anything just doesn't help.

I feel like this is such an important message, especially for people in midlife. We often start to realize our own mortality at this age, and it can be really scary. But I'm here to tell you that it's never too late to take your life into your own hands and make positive changes! Knowing your family history is a great place to start.

Your family history is important for many reasons. For one, it can give you a heads up about certain conditions that you may be at risk for. This knowledge can help you be proactive about your health and make changes to your lifestyle before it's too late. Additionally, talking about your family's health history can help break the stigma around mental health and other taboo subjects.

If you're not sure where to start when it comes to learning about your family's health history, don't worry! There are plenty of resources available to help you get started. The first step is to sit down with your immediate family members and have a frank discussion about any conditions that run in the family. You can also look through old medical records or speak with older relatives if possible. Once you have a general idea of what conditions are prevalent in your family, you can do some research online or talk to your doctor to learn more.

Learning about your family's health history is so important, especially as you get older. Having this knowledge can help you be proactive about your own health and make informed decisions about your lifestyle. Don't be afraid to reach out to your family members and have an open conversation about this topic—it could end up being truly life-changing!

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