Do You Know Your Family Health History?

Create a Family Medical History

Your family medical history should include as much information as you have access to, such as your siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, etc. on both sides. Some of the information you will want to know are as follows:

  • Current age, relationship, sex, and ethnic background of family members
  • All medical conditions and age at time of diagnosis
  • Age and cause of death of deceased family members

    Information most important to your doctor include:

  • Diseases like breast cancer and ovarian cancer, or diabetes and heart disease, that may be related to each other and run in families
  • Common disorders like stroke or colon cancer that may occur at an early age
  • A sudden death in a family member who seemed healthy

Why Health Knowledge is Important

Many diseases that run in families have risk factors that can be changed or have a more successful treatment if caught early on, these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Obesity
  • Some cancers
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes

By sharing this information with your doctor, they will use that information to discuss possible medical issues you or your family may run into, as well as what you need to do to stay on top of them or take preventative measures. Measures taken may include lifestyle changes (exercise, eating right), regular testing, medications or surgical procedures (such as a mastectomy), and developing a personalized prevention program.

Understanding Your Genetics

Not all diseases in your family’s health history are in your genes. However, families share similar foods, habits, and environmental factors that could affect their medical history. There is no doubt that your genes are important to your health. Even your sex makes a difference, as some genetic diseases are more common in women and others are more common in men.

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