17 Health Questions that Could Save Your Life

You can't pick your parents, but you can pick their brains. Asking Mom, Dad—even your grandparents and siblings—about the health problems they've encountered could help you avoid everything from a miscarriage to mental illness. Here's what to ask. (35 Photos)

Lynya Floyd on Sep 1, 2011 at 1:02PM

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17 Health Questions that Could Save Your Life

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Review your ethnic background with your doctor and see what she recommends. It may be simple lifestyle changes. It may inform your prenatal care and birthing options. (When both you and your partner carry the sickle cell trait, there's a one in four chance that your child will have sickle cell disease.) It may be considering genetic testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes to see if you're at risk for cancer.

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