Arbor Health | Arbor Health and Life | Summer 2020

Sometimes family ties are easy to see. If you have your mom’s curly blond hair, for example, or your dad’s skill on the basketball court, you might guess that it’s something you inherited. But some connections to family might not be so obvious—though they’re even more important. That’s the case with your family health history. Health and illness often run in families. It’s because we share genes, lifestyles, habits and environment. And it’s why it’s crucial to tell your doctor about the medical conditions—such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes—that exist in your family tree. Lower your risk According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in many cases, lifestyle changes—including eating SUMMER 2020 CELEBRATING A TRADITION OF EXCELLENT, PERSONALIZED CARE Your a healthier diet, exercising or stop- ping smoking—may lower your risk of certain diseases even if they run in your family. Your doctor can guide you through making those changes and perhaps tailor a screening plan to your specific needs. Finding a problem early, before you have symptoms, might lead to more effective treatment. Keep in mind that just because an illness runs in your family does not guarantee that you’ll get it. But it is a good reason to be vigilant. Talk to your close relatives about your family’s health history, and write down what you learn. Then talk to your doctor. Knowledge can be pow- erful medicine. FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY matters 2 Your care is more seamless than ever 3 Mental health and the coronavirus Inside TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH Your primary care provider can help you sort through your family health history. Don’t have a provider? Call an Arbor Health clinic: Randle Clinc: 360-497-3333 Mossyrock Clinic: 360-983-8990 Morton Clinic: 360-496-5145 Specialty Clinic: 360-496-3641