Saturday, August 19, 2017

BLACK TO LIFE… FOR A HEALTHIER YOU: For your health, history lessons can be good medicine

By Dr. Annette Mayes

Dr. Annette Mayes

With March recognized as Women’s History Month, there is no better way to celebrate than honoring your health by investigating the medical history in your family tree.

Many diseases are passed down from one generation to the next, and medical advances have made it essential that we all be aware of the risks and opportunities in our genetic code. For women — even those blessed to avoid serious ailments suffered by their parents — the prospect of pregnancy makes it even more important to possess deep knowledge about family history and the potential effects on unborn children.

The wonders of DNA research have made it possible to determine risk factors for such ailments as diabetes, breast cancer and high blood pressure. Having that knowledge enables us to assume greater control, by taking proactive steps that could prevent or minimize potential roadblocks to optimal health and long life. If your family tree indicates a legacy of diabetes, for example, then it becomes your personal responsibility to monitor sugar intake, eat the right foods and take other preventative steps that will keep you in good health.

When it comes to better health, many of the answers we seek reside within us. Scheduling regular checkups with your primary physician is one of the best ways to ease your mind and find assurance that you are taking the right steps to maintain a healthy life.


For more information contact the Las Vegas All Women’s Care at 702-522-9640.

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