Family Health History Paper
By: Allie Wade
People all over the world usually have some kind of health issue in their family. Having a poor diet, not exercising enough and lifestyle choices are mainly what cause most of the health issues in America. Something else that plays a big part in health issues are genetics. My family, for example, has a history of several issues. Although my dad doesn’t have any health issues, his parents, my grandparents, both deal with type 2 diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). My mom doesn’t have any health issues either, but her parents, my grandparents, both had hypertension too. My grandma also had bladder cancer and my grandpa died from a heart attack. Some of these issues are obviously linked genetically, but some of it could be due to lifestyle too. With some of these health issues being due to lifestyle, there is a chance that I could possibly reduce my chances of getting those health issues my family has.
My grandparents on my dad side of the family both got diabetes between the ages 50-59 years of age. Type 2 diabetes is definitely something that runs through my families genetics, but there is a way I can reduce the chance of getting it. Type 2 diabetes is developed when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin. Some contributing factors would be excess weight gain and inactivity. Eating a healthier diet and increasing physical activity is definitely the key to reducing your chance of getting type 2 diabetes. Some foods that would good for me to try not to eat as much would be foods in high sodium, saturated fats, cholesterol, and trans fats. Foods I would need to improve eating would be leafy green vegetables, nuts, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, beans and peas, and fresh low-sugar fruits. I would also need to improve my exercising to about three to four times a week, for at least 30 to 60 minutes each time.
With all four of my grandparents having high blood pressure, I am definitely most...
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