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Don't Be Shy, Ask Mom About Her Medical History

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Has your mom been trying to pry open your personal life ever since your junior high days? It's time to turn the tables, because when it comes to your health, the woman who birthed you, bathed you, and burped you, is the closest thing you have to a crystal ball. We all appreciate the lovelier physical traits we've inherited, from a set of perfectly straight, white choppers to a Nascar-worthy metabolism, but it's important to take stock of the health problems she may have passed down along with them. Asking her these questions could clue you in to your possible future, and help you give inherited health risks the boot.

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