Your Own DNA Analysis: Questions to Ask Your Parents on National Parents' Day

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National Parents' Day is July 28th and was established in 1994. As a genetics company, when we think of the role of a parent, we immediately think about what genetics (the good, the bad and everything in between) that you’ve inherited from your biological family.

While Hallmark doesn’t make a card that necessarily says, “Thank you for your DNA!” (we’d love it if they did!), knowing what your family’s health history is and speaking with your doctor on how it can impact your future, as well as how to plan for it, is an investment that will pay off for years to come.

If you’re thinking, “I’m healthy and I’d rather not depress my family with questions about diseases.”, consider these three things:

  1. As you get older, most relatives enjoy talking about their health and would be more than happy to discuss their latest aches and pains with you.

  2. By understanding your genetic risk for diseases, you can take preventive action. Sharing family history with your primary care physician can help you explore options like early screenings for cancers or other diseases that run in the family or inform your decisions around nutrition, medication, or physical activity.

  3. Your family wants you to be healthy and take care of yourself, so they’d be more than happy to help be a part of assisting in your care! It would be like “genetic-chicken soup”!

Imagine yourself as a “Family Health Historian” and you’re about to go on a life-changing exposition! We’ve created THIS document you can use as a guide to a conversation or you can even email this document to whomever you’d like in your family so they can fill it out. 

Conditions like cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are particularly ones to ask about. If one or more of your family members have any of these conditions, there is a chance you or your children may have inherited the genetics that cause these diseases.

Between speaking to your family and our Phosphorus One test, it is our hope you can put together an actionable plan and go beyond lifestyle and ancestry to redefine your future health. Also, for a limited-time, we’re extending a special coupon code for $50 off towards our Phosphorus One test that’s available only the first 200 test purchased between now and September 1st, 2019 by using the code: PARENTSDAY2019. This may sound like a catchy sentence but truly, it’s one of self-care that your body, your health and your future family (spouse, partner, kids, relatives) can all benefit from.