Mothers Day is just around the corner,
so Dr. Travis and Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall,
所以Travis医生和Freda Lewis Hall医生
the Chief Patient Officer of Pfizer,
are going to let everyone know some suggested health questions that they
should ask their own mothers.
Doctor Freda, great to be with you
here in New York City, talking about something
that is so important.
Because it’s almost Mothers Day, and half your genes
are from mom.
So today we want to encourage
each and every one of you
to ask your mom questions about her health.
You know who’s a mom and also a grandma?
That would be me.
That would be you.
So explain why everyone, especially women,
need to be proactive about understanding their family’s health history. Well,
the fact is that knowing your full
family health history is important to your health.
Because if your mother or other immediate family
members have certain medical conditions,
you may be at greater risk for developing
those same diseases.
And your family history may help
you learn what steps are necessary to prevent
certain illnesses and health problems.
And having a solid knowledge
of your family’s health history can also help you detect illness
at an earlier stage.
Which of course can make lifestyle modifications
and medical treatments more effective.
First thing we’re going to talk about, because we should,
is heart disease.
The risk of heart disease and its risk factors
are strongly linked to family history. Well,
that’s a great place to start.
Because it’s especially important for women to know
their family’s heart health history.
Because heart disease is the number one cause
of death of women in the United States.
And almost two-thirds of women who die
suddenly of heart disease have no previous symptoms. So,
ask your mother, do you have high blood pressure?
所以 问一下你的妈妈 你有高血压吗？
Do you have high cholesterol?
Do you have any heart issue that I don’t know about?
And it’s especially important to ask if you have
a family history of early heart disease.
So be sure to ask your mother if she had a
heart attack before the age of 65.
And if your mother says yes, that’s important, because
如果你妈妈说 是的 那么这很重要
if your mom has a history of early heart disease,
you may be more likely to get heart disease yourself.
Your doctor will need to keep an eye
on your heart health in order to lower your risk.
But heart disease, we know,
not the only medical topic that you need to broach with mom.
Certain types of breast and ovarian cancers can
also be passed down through families.
If there is a family history,
you and your doctor may decide that genetic counseling and
testing should be done.
So ask you mom, have you ever had an abnormal mammogram?
Or maybe an abnormal breast biopsy?
Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?
If so, how old were you when you were diagnosed?
And if you can’t speak with your mom,
ask another family member about your medical history, as much as they know.
And then what you learn, share with your
doctor right away. So,
being a female can also put you at risk
for developing osteoporosis.
Which can cause bones to become weak and brittle.
And in some severe cases, even coffee or
a simple action like bending over can result in a break.
One reason why women are more likely than men
to get osteoporosis is that estrogen,
that’s a hormone that of course can protect bones,
it decreases sharply once a woman
That can cause bone loss.
One in two women over the age of 50
will break a bone because of osteoporosis.
One in two women.
And many people with osteoporosis don’t even know
they have it until they break a bone.
If you have a parent who has a broken hip,
you could be at increased risk.
So you have to ask your mom, okay, mom have you
ever had back pain, or have you lost height
or had changes in your posture recently?
And of course, you want to ask straight out
have you ever broken or fractured a bone?
Let’s switch gears and get to another
important question for mom.
I’m eight months pregnant, and I’ve heard post-partum depression is common.
Is this something I should be concerned about? Definitely,
it’s really important to ask your mother
questions like, what was your pregnancy like?
And did you have symptoms of post partum depression? Now,
it is very common for women after the birth
of their baby to feel sad and anxious and tired.
But if it becomes so severe that it becomes
difficult to take care of themselves or others,
this may be post-partum depression.
Some research has shown that the genetics may
play a role when it comes to post-partum depression.
If your mom suffered from it, speak with your doctor
and he or she can put a plan in place to proactively
manage it, should you experience it as well. Now,
okay. Understandably there are some things
that are difficult for you and your mom to have a conversation about.
But the more questions you ask your mother,
and your dad as well, the better off you are
at having a full medical history.
You may learn things that are important
to your health, or the health of your children. Now,
there’s lots to know, lots of questions to
ask your mother. So,
on GetHealthyStayHealthy.com, we have a
women’s health checklist.
And you’ll also find there, questions about
different topics that you may want to ask your mother.
And of course while you’re there you can sign up
for our monthly newsletter.
Happy early Mothers Day! Oh,