Genetic Diseases You Should Ask Your Doctor About

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You might think that you’re in perfect health, but if your family has a history of genetic diseases, it’s still best to get checked out from time to time. In truth, you might not even realise you’re at risk of contracting some conditions, which is precisely why I’ve chosen to write and publish this article today. You see; if you don’t spot the signs early on, it could be more difficult to deal with the issue. So, spend the next ten minutes reading through some of the health problems I’ve listed below, and hopefully you’ll be more inclined to ask your doctor about them during your next checkup. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to scare you here, I’m trying to ensure you stay fit and healthy.

Polycystic Kidney Disease

This is a rather nasty condition that affects a lot of people. So, it’s definitely worth checking with your GP to guarantee you’re not at risk. If anyone in your family has ever suffered from polycystic kidney disease, you have a much higher chance of the same happening. Just ensure you fill your doctor in about the family history, and he/she will probably send you for some tests if they believe you’re in a high-risk situation. Obviously, you’ll need to stop drinking alcohol and start thinking more about your diet if you encounter a problem like this.


This condition is not to be confused with eczema, which can look very similar to the untrained eye. Psoriasis is a nasty skin disease that it almost impossible to cure. Luckily, the symptoms are visual, and so you should notice very early on if you become a sufferer. You definitely want to get checked out as early on as possible though, as certain types of psoriasis go hand in hand with arthritis, and if your condition fits the bill, you may need to begin treatment straight away to ensure you don’t become debilitated with joint problems. The only real downside is that most arthritis medications that work are very expensive, so you have to be in a terrible state for the NHS to agree to fund your treatment.

Colour Blindness

Most people don’t realise it, but colourblindness is genetic, and so it can be passed down through the generations. Some people spend their whole life being colour-blind without even realising it, and so you should definitely ask your doctor if a number of your relatives suffer from the condition. While people who enrol on courses to become an electrician or something similar will learn pretty quickly that their sight isn’t good enough to determine the difference between different coloured wires, the vast majority of cases go undiagnosed because the condition has never caused a problem. Even so, if you’re colour-blind you’re at a higher risk of developing certain other disorders, so it’s wise to find out.

So, having learned about some of the issues you might like to ask your doctor about soon, I hope you’ll be more inclined to open your mouth and find out for certain how healthy you really are.

Good luck guys!