Health History Essay

Essay on Family Health History

1475 WordsMar 9th, 20116 Pages

Americans today are faced with a number of health issues, mainly as a result of poor diet, lack of exercise, and lifestyle choices; but, of course, genetics does play a part. My family, for example, has a history of several issues. My father suffers from diabetes and asthma, which my children have as well. My older sister and I both suffer from stress, which is most likely causing our chronic heartburn and my headaches; and, both my husband and I are borderline obese, which is a gateway disease to many others. While some of these issues are linked genetically, many of them are due to lifestyle, which can be viewed as both negative and positive. Negative because we brought these ailments onto ourselves, but positive because we can…show more content…

This results in severe attacks, requiring a trip to the hospital emergency room. As stated earlier, my three children also have asthma, which is in no doubt genetically linked to my father— their grandfather. Fortunately, they have mild symptoms, and inhalers are only needed during cold and flu season as a preventative measure. However, they are at higher risk of developing pneumonia or bronchitis due to their asthmatic predisposition, and unfortunately, there has been previous winters when this has happened. Because of this, as soon as any of the children have signs of a cold, they are immediately treated with their inhalers.

Stress is simply a fact of nature—forces from the outside world affecting the individual. These forces are related to both internal and external factors. External factors include the physical environment, such as one’s job, school, or home, relationships with others and all the situations and challenges one confronts on a daily basis. Internal factors include one’s overall health and fitness levels, diet, emotional well-being and the amount of sleep one gets. How an individual responds to these factors vary, as well as the symptoms associated with it. My sister and I both have stress for various and different reasons, but we do share similar symptoms. We have both reported sleep disturbances and lack of sleep, as well as chronic heartburn. Other symptoms I have experienced are moodiness, headaches and bruxism

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