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Family History (Definition)

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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Family History (Definition)

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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Must I ban my child from eating sweets if family history of diabetes?

Must I ban my child from eating sweets if family history of diabetes?

No: Eating sweets, even excessive amount, does not cause type 2 diabetes mellitus. Obesity does. ...Read more

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Controlling Your Cholesterol (Tip)

Controlling Your Cholesterol

Know your family history of cad. Know your lipid profile. ...See 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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Being a Healthy Man (Tip)

Being a Healthy Man

Do get a colonoscopy if you're 50 or older, or if you have symptoms or a family history of polyps. ...See 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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Back pain (Tip)

Back pain

You should have a CRP test done if you are younger with back pain &/or have a family history of low back pain! ...See more

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Could someone explain to me how someone can have a hereditary dominant disorder with no family history of the disorder?

I do not know: What dominant gene you are asking about. It is well-known that dominate genes can skip generations. ...Read more

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