6 Genetic Health Conditions You May Not Know You Have

Find out which common health conditions could be genetic.

6 Genetic Health Conditions You May Not Know You Have

By Toni Gasparis

When doctors ask you to fill out a form with all the diseases and conditions your family members may have, it’s not without reason. Knowing about your family history can really help you live a healthier life. The more aware you are of health conditions and diseases that are in your family, the more your doctor can help you take preventative measures to stay healthy. Read on to find out what health conditions are inherited.

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Heart Disease

Unfortunately, heart disease is a condition that doesn’t usually get diagnosed until you have a heart attack. Therefore, it is important to know if you have a family history of heart disease so you can look out for symptoms and see a cardiologist for a check-up. A history of heart disease can increase your risk of heart disease in general, but that risk increases even more if a close family member developed this condition at an early age. Symptoms of heart problems that could indicate you need to see a doctor include fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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