If your mum has had breast cancer, does that mean you will too? What about if someone in your family has had bowel cancer? Or depression?
Lately there’s been a few instances where I’ve thought ‘I’m turning into my mother!’ You’ve probably thought this at least once, too, whether it’s the way you talk to your kids, or a facial expression you recognise. But do you inherit your mum’s medical history too?
Research shows that many, often serious, health conditions have a definite genetic link. So it pays to have a health conversation with mum and family members to find out if they’re passing anything on.
In the October issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine, we’ve uncovered the role that genetics play in five prevalent diseases — and how to reduce your risk. Just because a disease runs in your family, it’s not inevitable you’ll get it too.
Let’s take type 2 diabetes for example. Currently one person develops diabetes every five minutes in Australia, and rates are growing faster than for any other chronic condition. If you have a family member who has diabetes, you have a genetic predisposition to the condition. When one parent has it, your own risk doubles, but if both have it, your risk is up to six times greater. However, 60 per cent of diabetes cases can usually be prevented by lifestyle changes, so it doesn’t have to be part of your future too.
Realising you may be at an increased risk means you can make easy diet changes to help beat the odds of developing conditions such as breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, bowel cancer and depression. Find our more in the October issue of Healthy Food Guide – on sale now!