Family Tree Health Paper

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Health conditions in a family is largely connected to genetic linkages between the family members but few also deviate from the normal pattern and are caused by outside factors such as environment, viruses and unhealthy conditions. To develop a better understanding of how a disease can float through a family and may cause problems for a particular person we will need to come up with a complete history of paternal and maternal diseases that could possibly flow through generations.

In my case, just like the rest, there are two sides to the family tree. One is the maternal side and the other is the paternal side.

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Starting off with my paternal side, it seems from the family chart that the paternal side is very healthy with very minimal health conditions. The only person with some kind of disease in my paternal side is my grandfather and that too diagnosed at the age of 58 with Arthritis. Arthritis can be both inflammatory and non inflammatory joint diseases. Arthritis can run in family and is genetic but can be counterfeited by better living and environmental conditions (Chapman & Valdes, 2010). That seems to be the case with my father’s side as no one from my paternal side have been hit with such disease yet, but since it is genetic so there’s a good chance of it to hit someone at some point. So it’s fair to say that my father might be carrying the affected genes for arthritis but are recessive as of yet.

When it comes to my mother’s family tree, there’s a number of diseases that run in the family, whether genetic or non genetic. Starting off with my grandfather from the maternal side, he was diagnosed with heart disease at 62 and then later on died at the age of 82. Similarly my grandmother is also diagnosed with Blood Pressure and Diabetes at the age of 57.

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