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How to compile your family medical history

You watch mom inject herself with insulin to keep her blood sugar down, take pills to manage her cholesterol and go to endless doctor appointments, and you wonder, "Will that be me in 10 or 20 years?"

The answer is: maybe. Family members share genes, as well as living habits, behaviors and environments, which together may affect the risk of developing similar health problems. But that may not have to be your future: If you know which diseases hang from your family tree, you can take steps to help prevent or reduce your risk.

Research has shown family medical history …

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