Here's an essential guide to disease-free living packed with hundreds of tips and techniques from dozens of medical experts and health organizations to help you identify the health risks you may face. First, Health Smart shows you how to develop a family health history with extensive self-assessment tests for determining your risk of getting heart disease, cancer, stroke, emphysema, hypertension, and other serious health conditions. Then, for each potential problem that you may be at risk for, you'll discover the practical information you need for early detection and prevention of that illness. Finally, you'll see how to create and implement a personalized program for healthy, disease-free living. You'll discover how to research your family history to determine your risk of being genetically predisposed to getting cancer, heart disease, or diabetes; interpret the results of cholesterol and blood pressure tests without consulting a doctor; monitor your health for heart disease - along with three simple techniques for reducing your risk; lose weight effortlessly with low-fat foods, nutritional guidelines, and a simple exercise program; prevent respiratory problems such as asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis; and determine the types of medical tests most appropriate for your health profile. In addition, Health Smart shows you five techniques to lower your chances of getting cancer... five "red flags" to look for when reviewing your family health history... proven techniques for quitting smoking and excessive drinking... four simple steps to prevent osteoporosis... how to relieve chronic arthritis... and the effects of diet, exercise, and a positive attitude on your health andvitality. You'll also find case histories of people who prolonged their lives thanks to these health-giving techniques. Health Smart helps you beat the odds against contracting life-threatening health conditions without radically changing your lifestyle or following stringent programs.