The moment one walks into a family practice to set up their health care, it is immediately filled with patients from all walks of life seeking health advice. But while most are interested in learning how to prevent illnesses, there are others who want to know how to handle existing conditions, maintain existing conditions, and how to care for loved ones who have been diagnosed with a chronic condition. What should a practitioner know about the history of family health? Here are some of the highlights that might surprise you.
Research on family health history has proven that there are certain diseases that are extremely common within families. These are diseases that were prevalent in the family might even generations ago. And sometimes, these diseases are also incurable to the point where it is considered too risky to even try to treat the disease. But in many cases, the cure and treatment are very successful.
It is likely that most of us have a relative who has diabetes or some sort of allergic reaction, cancer, or some other debilitating condition. And most likely, one of your family members has been diagnosed with the same condition. But unfortunately, most family health practitioners will not treat a family member with the same condition as the rest of the patients because of the hereditary nature of diabetes. While most family members do recover and go back to work or school, these conditions may not always be as easy to treat.
When it comes to cancer, there are also members of your family who have been diagnosed with this disease but sadly will not have a cure. While some have been lucky enough to find a cure, not all family members will survive. The good news is that there are some cancer treatments these days that greatly reduce the effects on the afflicted family members.
Another scary fact about family health history is something that many people do not talk about. This is Alzheimer’s disease. There are several risk factors that cause Alzheimer’s disease. And these risks are highest with the greatest risk being that of genetics. If both parents have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease family history is a major risk factor that will be present. In very rare cases, you might find two or more parents with Alzheimer’s disease.
So what can you do if you have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease? There are several risk factor that you can control. If your family members have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, try to find out what they may be exposed to. This can help you determine what you should do to protect yourself and your family. Though it may not be possible to prevent the disease in some cases, there are things you can do to decrease your chances of getting it.
If your parents or siblings have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, talk with them about what they may have to experience as they age. There may be ways to remain in their independence throughout their remaining years. If they live alone there are ways to help them adjust and remain that way. If they spend time with other people it may be a good idea to establish a safe zone.
The safest place for them is possibly living at home with a family member or friends. Dangers seem to be more endless when each has a computer or cell phone. But this will not only expose them to danger, but it can be impossible to be alone.
Start young and gain as much knowledge as possible. This will equip you to face any eventuality. When you know what to expect your training will be better and you will react better. You will not be so Ready to Think.
Once you have had a chance to shake off the shock and have a cup of tea, consider taking out some time to practice with a pencil and paper. This will help you prepare your muscles to have the correct posture and strategies for drawing. It also helps you work out your reflexes and improve your peripheral vision. practiced these things as a kid and they will be much easier to do as adults.
Always have things in your home that you use regularly. An assortment of pencils, paper and markers will be good for you as well. This is a good time to get out my laboratory and arts for the month or two. Things I currently have in my drawing room are Custom Printables, Mon epitaphograms,inged books, water color, pastels, and markers. I would rather have a colorful visiting card and colored pencils, but that can always be replaced.
If you are interested in what else you can do it is so much easier to stay healthy if at least part of your training is hands on activities. Take things apart and put them back together. Practice doing what you would do if you had no breaks in your day to help you improve your circulation and your reflexes. It is also a great opportunity to become friends with an instructor as well. You will not only be able to rest but you will also be able to do it with a purpose.