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Family History (Overview)

A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to avoid potential environmental triggers.


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My b.P reads 90/150. Should i start medication or change the life style. My age is 34 and have a family history of high b.P. Please suggest?

My b.P reads 90/150. Should i start medication or change the life style. My age is 34 and have a family history of high b.P. Please suggest?

Change your ways now: If your blood pressure is 150/90 and you have a family history of high blood pressure, you would be smart to control any risk factors which contribute to high blood pressure. For example: get exercise, reduce weight if you are overweight or obese, and minimize your intake of salt. If you are a smoker, that habit's just got to go! all of these measures will help tremendously in the long run. ...Read more

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Family History (Overview)

A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to avoid potential environmental triggers.


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If I do not have a family history of down's, is my baby at risk for the disease?

If I do not have a family history of down's, is my baby at risk for the disease?

1/590 births: As above the rate of ds births are lowest in the early 20's at about 1/2000 with a gradual increase in risks that hit 1/100 at 40.There is always a baseline risk of about 4% of an unexpected outcome with any pregnancy.This must be added to specific age related risk. A visit with a genetic counselor can identify specific risk for any couple. ...Read more

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Managing Glaucoma (Tip)

Managing Glaucoma

If you have glaucoma, your family members are at higher risk. Show love! Tell them to go get tested! ...See more

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I have a family history of arthistis ann lumpus should I get a medical test.

See below: Not unless you are having symptoms as you may test false positive in light of your family history. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Why do I focus so much on diseases? I've had all sorts of tests done, young and healthy, healthy family history, and am always afraid I have a disease!

Why do I focus so much on diseases? I've had all sorts of tests done, young and healthy, healthy family history, and am always afraid I have a disease!

Mind and Body: This imbalance begins in the brain. Ocd is a common cause. Sometimes chronic anxiety will trigger these symptoms. It's important to know that with proper treatment these symptoms can go away. Cbt or cognitive behavioral therapy helps, a physician you trust can prescribe viibryd-a medicine for ocd that has helped many of my patients. Consider genomic testing for comt and slc6a4 gene variants. ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid in order to avoid a 'diabetic' situation? I have a family history.

What foods should I avoid in order to avoid a 'diabetic' situation?  I have a family history.

Sweets: Soda, alcohol, sweets. Foods with the highest glycemic index include bananas, grapes, raisins and corn, so you want to limit these too. Maintain a healthy weight with a BMI less than 25. ...Read more

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I got high chelestrol, doing everything to control but still can't. So what should I do? Lots of exercise well diet did not help. Got family history.

I got high chelestrol, doing everything to control but still can't. So what should I do? Lots of exercise well diet did not help. Got family history.

You'll need Rx: Despite all the grandstanding about "healthy lifestyle", diet and exercise will fail if you have a strong genetic tendency to hypercholesterolemia. This isn't your fault. It's time to ask your physician about a statin or other medication. Ignore the anti-statin "natural" websites, keep up the physical fitness and healthy diet stuff for its other benefits, and accept what you need to do. ...Read more

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What tests sholuld I have if I have a family history of dvts?

What tests sholuld I have if I have a family history of dvts?

Depends: Testing for you would be based upon the genetic abnormality detected in your affected family member. If your family has been tested and no abnormality was found you don't need further testing. If no testing has been done on your family you should ask your doc to evaluate the situation and see if it makes sense to test you. ...Read more

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Can i get diabetes if I have family history of that disease?

Can i get diabetes if I have family history of that disease?

American Diabetes : Association article: http://www.Diabetes.Org/diabetes-basics/genetics-of-diabetes.Html.

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