7 Questions You Must Ask Your Mother
Mom’s genes could hold the key to your health
By: Anita Naik
Your mum could hold the key to your health. Asking her these questions could even save your life…
1. How did your last GP check-up go?
“Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol have genetic links,” warns TV’s Dr David Bull. So find out what Mum’s GP said – it could hit you later.
2. Has anyone in the family had breast cancer?
Only five to 10 per cent of breast cancers are hereditary but if you have a relative who had it before the age of 40, or relatives who’ve had it, ask your GP about testing.
3. Have any relatives had vision problems?
You have a four times greater risk of glaucoma if you have a relative who has it. If you have that risk and are aged 40 or over, you can have a free NHS sight test every year.
4. Where do you gain weight?
If your mother puts on the pounds around her tummy, you could follow suit. Watch your diet, as excess weight round the middle increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
5. When did your periods stop?
If you’re putting off motherhood and want an idea of when you might hit the menopause, ask Mum. Dr Judith Reichman says: “If she stopped earlier in life, the chances are you will, too.”
6. Have you had any fractures?
Genes play a big role in your risk of developing osteoporosis. For info, call the National Osteoporosis Society’s helpline.
7. Do you have any heart problems?
If your mum has heart problems, you have an increased risk of heart disease. However, you can cut your risk through lifestyle changes.
Tell us: Have you asked your mom these 7 questions? How have you benefited from health-related conversations with family members?