Using family reunions to talk about family health history – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Knowing about your family’s health history goes a long way toward preventing or delaying the development of serious diseases, like diabetes.
Rodgers: In fact, most people with type 2 diabetes have a family member with the disease.
Narrator: Dr. Griffin Rodgers is an institute director at the National Institutes of Health.
Rodgers: If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems including heart disease, blindness, loss of limb, kidney failure, and early death.
Narrator: He says a family reunion this summer can be an easy opportunity to talk about family health, including diabetes. For details, visit www.niddk.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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