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Are You Turning Into Your Mom?

How to cut your odds of breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and immune diseases -- even if your mom had them.

Be Empowered, Not Afraid

No matter what conditions your mom may have had, and no matter what risk she may have passed on to you, nothing is written in stone.

“Use genetic information to empower you, not to debilitate you,” Hahn says. “Don’t say, ‘I’m destined to get diabetes, I might as well eat what I want.’ There are things you can do to lower your chance of getting many diseases, and early detection is important as well. Don’t use your family history as a determining factor; use it as a motivator.”

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Reviewed on November 29, 2010

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