This might be the day to talk turkey about your family’s health, this day when a lot of families get together, often with several generations at the table… The state health department urges people to compile their family medical histories back at least three generations. As long as people are going to complain about feeling stuffed today, they might as well talk about how they have felt at various other times. The department’s Sharmini Rogers says most of our disorders are genetic. She says three generations of history, on both sides of the family, is important because some illnesses or conditions can skip generations. She says it’s good for children to have this information so they can adjust their lives as they grow up to deal with family health issues before they become THEIR family health issues. And it’s good for adults to have this information to give to their doctors.
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