Health Tip: Gathering Your Family Health History

Health Tip: Gathering Your Family Health History

Health Tip: Gathering Your Family Health History

It's a key predictor of your own health

(HealthDay News) -- Your family's health history is a key predictor of your own health, now and in the future.

To compile your family's history, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:

  • Jot down a list of your relatives, including immediate family and grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. Speak with each of them about their health.
  • Ask family members about any instances of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke or cancer.
  • Discuss age at diagnosis and cause of any of these conditions. Add age of death for deceased relatives. Note the countries your family came from.
  • Update this information frequently. Show it to your doctor and discuss your risk.
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