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5 Genetic Health Problems to Protect Yourself From

5 Genetic Health Problems to Protect Yourself From

There’s a reason that your doctor asks for your family history, it’s because you might be carrying a gene that could substantially increase your chances of suffering from a certain health problem yourself. Here are five of the most common genetic conditions to be on the lookout for, and a few suggestions for how you can prevent, detect, avoid, and treat them.

1.) Obesity

Yes, obesity is a disease, and it’s a scary one. You have things like high blood pressure and diabetes to worry about, in addition. Putting those with the genetic predisposal in even greater danger are environmental conditions. Poor diets, an abundance of cheap and quick fast food, and a lack of exercise are just three factors that we’re battling in the fight against obesity.

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2.) Alcoholism

It might seem like it doesn’t belong here, but alcoholism is most definitely a disease—and one that parents can pass down to their children. The Betty Ford Institute shared a study done on adopted men, which found that when they had an alcoholic father, they were more like to be alcoholics than the men who didn’t have alcoholic fathers—despite the fact that they were raised by another family!

Of course, environmental conditions play a huge factor here, as they do with obesity. Evidence shows, though, that alcoholism can and does run in your blood.

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3.) Breast Cancer

According to livestrong.com, one in nine women stands a chance of getting breast cancer, and that’s before you consider family history. The best solution is early detection. Self-exams and regular visits to your doctor for a physical and a mammogram are your safest bet.

4.) Heart Diseases

Do your parents or any relatives in your extended family deal with heart attacks or high blood pressure? If so, let your doctor know, because the same conditions could have been passed on to you. If you’re more prone to any kind of heart complication whatsoever, dedicate some of your time and energy to living a heart healthy lifestyle. This means no nasty fast food habits and getting in some weights and cardio several times a week. You might have to work a little harder than most people to stay heart healthy, but you’ll be glad you did—and so will the people who care about you.

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5.) Acne

It may sound superficial compared to the previous conditions, but that doesn’t make it any less damaging, both physically and emotionally. Not only can acne leave scars on your face, but it can leave them on your self-esteem, too; and studies have shown that you’re more likely to have this skin condition if your parents did before you.

To help clear your skin, find the cleanser that’s right for you. (Do you have oily skin? Dry skin? A combination?) If you wear make-up, then consider using an astringent after the cleanser, since cleanser can often miss a lot of the leftovers. Wash your pillowcases regularly and keep all make-up brushes and sponges clean. If your case is more severe, consult your dermatologist for something stronger.

Don’t let your potential genetic make-up startle you; just know that you might need to pay a little more attention to your health than other people might. Talk to your doctor, pay attention to your body, and you’ll live a healthy life.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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