Here at Arborview Family Medicine, we love moms! We have had the privilege of treating multiple generations of moms since 1976. We specialize in treating the entire family and have had the immense honor to help many generations in families, resulting in helping great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother from the same family. Our family approach to medicine allows us a unique understanding of family history and how it impacts health the health of family members. Different diseases strike women at different times in their life, knowing that family history allows us to work with each patient on lowering risks and hopefully preventing the disease altogether. Keep in mind that even if you have a genetic predisposition to any disease from your parents, lifestyle choices and a whole host of other factors ultimately play into developing any illness.
So keep records of your mother’s (and father’s) health issues as well as those of other close relatives and be sure that your health care provider is aware of them. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure, so eat a balanced diet, exercise and make sure your healthcare professional is in the know.