Cheryl Asaro Fitness for Life June 18, 2012 Family Health History
Looking over my family health history I realized that a lot of the health issues have been
brought on by alcoholism and smoking. My aunt died from lung cancer from smoking,
my uncle died from throat cancer from smoking and my grandfather died of emphysema.
My mother was adopted so the health issues from her biological parents I am unaware of.
I did include my adoptive grandparents in my health history even though it doesn’t affect
Me by genetics.
My grandmother had high triglycerides and she died from that. My father has high
triglycerides and so do I. My father and I both take Lopid.
To prevent some cancers I chose not to smoke or drink. A lot of my family are alcoholics
So by not drinking it prevents me from becoming an alcoholic also.
I have blood work done twice a year, I had a scare with colon polyps that had some cancer
Cells so even though I am 40 I still have regular colonoscopies done. Its normally routine
After you are 50.
I chose to do research on High Triglycerides, having them myself I already know about
Them. My grandmother had extremely high triglycerides which ended up taking her
Life, my father and I both have them and are on medication to treat them.
Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood that your body uses for energy. You
Need some triglycerides for good but high triglycerides raises some health risks. Having
High triglycerides may also be a sign of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is
Having high blood pressure, high blood sugar, too much fat around your waist and low
HDL. This puts you at risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
If high triglycerides are a genetic condition you will see fatty deposits under your skin
These are called xanthomas. Things that can cause high triglycerides if not in your
Genes is obesity, poorly controlled diabetes, hypothyroidism, kidney disease, eating
More calories than you burn and drinking too much alcohol. Some medications cause
High triglycerides also. Staying at a healthy weight or reducing calories to lose weight
Will help lower triglycerides. Limiting carbohydrates, being more active, not smoking
Or drinking and keeping blood sugar normal will all help to lower triglycerides too.
Paternal Great Grandma Paternal Great Grandpa
I am unsure of the health conditions they had or what they died from or when.
Maternal Great Grandma Maternal Great Grandpa
I am unsure of their birth or death or health conditions.
Paternal Grandmother Paternal Grandfather
High triglycerides Heart problems(had a pacemaker)
Radiation and chemotherapy
Died: high triglycerides Died: cancer
Maternal Grandmother Maternal Grandfather
Insulin No known medications
Died: at age 52 from a heart attack Died: at age 60 from emphysema
1952-still living 1952-still living
High blood pressure High triglycerides
Anal Cancer Seizures
No known medications Lopid
Throat Cancer Lung Cancer
Chemotherapy Unaware of treatments
Died at age 45 from throat cancer Died from Lung cancer not sure of her age
No known health issues
Type 2 Diabetes
No known health problems
1991-still living 1993- still living
Asthma VonWillebrand Disease
No known health problems