What Your Mom’s Body Says About Your Own Health

What to know about your mom's genes

Do you ever wonder if you’ll develop the same wrinkles your mother has? Or if in 10, 20 years, your waistline will match hers? And what about her arthritis–will you get that, too? In some cases, looking at Mom can be like gazing into your future. “Your mom’s health can often be a crystal ball as to what to expect,” says Pamela Peeke, MD, a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland and the author of Body for Life for Women ($13; amazon.com). But your genes aren’t the whole story, of course; your behavior plays a big role as well. Here are six factors that can be influenced by DNA–and how you can exert control to stay as fit, healthy, and happy as possible.

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