Skip Nav
Healthy Living
9 Things to Cut Out of Your Life to Be Healthy
Beginner Fitness Tips
12 Best Dumbbell Exercises For Strong, Chiseled Arms
Personal Essay
My 6-Month CrossFit Transformation Isn't What I Thought It'd Be

Live Healthy Lifestyle to Prevent Diseases You're Predisposed to

Speak Up: What Diseases Run in Your Family?

I grew up in a household that never kept a salt shaker on the dinner table, because high blood pressure runs rampant in my family. Even I suffered from it in high school and all the way through college. My parents and grandparents succumbed to popping prescription pills, but I didn't want to be medicated for my entire life. To get my numbers under control, I started eating healthier and exercising regularly (something my parents didn't do or encourage). I'm happy to say my blood pressure is at a normal level, and I'm trying to motivate my parents to move more so they can stop taking pills.

It's important to know what conditions and diseases run in your family, because some can be avoided with a healthy lifestyle. Tell me, what diseases run in your family, and how are you living your life to prevent what you may be predisposed to?

Image Source: Thinkstock
Join The Conversation
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 6 years
Ugh, it's more like what doesn't? 1) Heart disease - stroke and heart attacks 2) High blood pressure 3) High cholestrol 4) Diabetes (every single member of my immediate and extended family) 5) Thyroid cancer And the list goes on. Whenever I go to the doctor for a check-up or registration, I always get raised eyebrows. The reasons above are why I'm running a 10k on Sunday in aid of Diabetes UK and why I try and eat heathily 7 days out of the week and have yoga in my life. I shudder at the things I'm predisposed to.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
It's long-running list. To name a few: heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure that led to kidney damage, etc. Does obesity count? That runs heavy (excuse the pun) in the family. To offset those conditions, I am dedicated to a lifestyle of wellness (healthy eating, plenty of sleep, exercise, stress management, etc). I'm very different from the rest of the family. I stand-out in a non-conforming way. :)
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
On my dad's side, cancer is the big one. By my calculations, 40% on my dad's side get it. I don't smoke cigarettes and I eat healthy and stay active, I don't think there's much else I can do. Also on my dad's side, lots of mental illness. Though shockingly good looks run in my dad's side too- and I have been fortunate enough to inherit those! My mom's side, they're all teetotalers who eat high-fat diets and they're healthier than a stable full of horses. Long life spans and their brains stay sharp to the very end- it's too early to tell but I'm hoping health-wise that I take after them.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
Diabetes, heart disease, depression, bipolar disorder, and various forms of senility. I've only got two so far.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Cancer is the main one. My Grandmother (Mom's Mom) died of Ovarian cancer, both of my Mom's Grandparents (Dad's side) died of cancer. On my Dad's side, people tend to live into their 90's and 100's. My Dad's Father has diabetes, but it's related to his weight. Also, both parents have high blood pressure. I prevent getting these conditions, I stick to a healthy vegetarian diet and try to work out regularly :)
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 6 years
Diabetes. Multiple relatives have it but the ones that take care of themselves are perfectly fine with it. But I do prefer to keep my weight down to avoid getting it in the first place. I have a sweet tooth and that would suck.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 6 years
Cancer. My Dad alone has had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Pre Cancerous Cells in his colon (leading to colon removal), Cancer of the Bile Duct (leading to liver transplant), and Basil Cell Carcinoma. Survivor of all! My Dad is actually a very healthy athletic individual. Cancer just happens to love him. Then there are my Uncles. One Uncle had Melanoma that later returned to his lung, leading to partial lung removal. Then my other Uncle has Cancer of the Stomach and Esophageal Cancer. Then my Grandmother passed away of Leukemia. All incredibly strong individuals who give me strength every day. So inspiring. I have realized that I will most likely have Cancer at some point. (maybe) So I just take extra good care of my body and mind. So if at some point I have to fight, I will be prepared.
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years
Inflammatory bowel disease(s). One cousin has Crohn's, another cousin has ulcerative colitis, and I also have UC. All of us are young too! :-(
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
Diabetes, Cancer, and Heart problems. I have a very good chance of getting diabetes since it's on both sides, and I can't seem to stay away from the sweets. =/
amber512 amber512 6 years
Gall bladder problems;, I had mine out when I was 19. And thyroid problems, which so far I don't think I have.
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
Blindness runs in my family =( I hope I don't get affected when I'm older. It's a scary thought. But maybe I'll get lucky.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
On my mom's side, there are very few genetic disorders, but there is a rare clotting disorder that killed my great aunt and that affects my aunt, my mom, and me. On my dad's side, there is hypercholesterolemia, glaucoma, and type 2 diabetes. My dad has glaucoma and his dad had it too, so I get screened for it every year at the eye doctor. Because my grandpa and dad both have/had high cholesterol, I get that checked routinely as well. Luckily, cancer does not run in my family--I've never had a relative that's had it, despite the fact that a lot of my relatives were very heavy smokers their whole lives.
solovyay solovyay 6 years
We've got a family history of diabetes, cancer, heart problems, and a bleeding disorder. Out of those, the only one I have is the bleeding disorder, which is actually really easy to manage anyway (it's not as bad as hemophelia).
Caitie64 Caitie64 6 years
I have Crohn's Disease, diagnosed at six. It's genetic but no one else even shows symptoms in my family, I'm the only one so chances are one of my parents just carries the gene.
northen123 northen123 6 years
There's history of cancer in my family - this helped me to kick the smokes for good, especially as half of my family smokes (albeit the cancer-free side!). There's osteoporosis on my mum's side and rheumatoid arthritis on my dad's, so I definitely have to be careful there. Then there's mental illness and heart conditions, plus high cholesterol and blood pressure. I'm half-Polish, so I can definitely attribute some of it the diet! I'm starting to improve my diet and exercise more, trying to be more healthy so that I can deter as many health problems as I can :)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
Only Migraine Disease and procrastination. Despite being from a huge and in some cases overweight black family high blood disease, heart disease, and diabetes are not genetic. Between my mom's siblings (9 of them) and my dad's siblings (7 of them) only my mom had high blood pressure and that was medication induced to treat her brain tumor. My dad had heart disease (congestive heart failure & clogged arteries) and they causes of that may have been his lifetime of bingeing and purging, huge weight fluctuations, and a lifetime of eating nutritionally bad military food. None of my parents siblings have diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. As I said the only disease that has run through my family way back to my great-great grandparents in neurological - Migraine Disease.
medenginer medenginer 6 years
Heart disease-maternal aunt died of heart attack, Parkinson's-a grandparent each side, ovarian cancer-maternal grandmother and aunt, and I already have arthritis. I don't have much paternal medical history but it doesn't look promising for me. I try to stay active and eat a good diet.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
Heart disease. Luckily, all my numbers are good. Just have to stay healthy and do the best I can!
neuromuse neuromuse 6 years
There's some evidence that high-blood pressure runs on my dad's side, but bipolar disorder is the main one we have to be careful about. Two of my dad's three sisters and my mother both have it, so I have to stay away from medications that can cause depressed feelings (like accutane).
What a Woman's Body Looks Like After Giving Birth
Crock-Pot BBQ Recipes
Quick 3-Ingredient Breakfast Recipes
Common Signs of ADD/ADHD
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds