Know Your Family History
Any time you visit a physician, your family history will be a part of the exam. However, when you’re asked to fill out the paperwork, will you know the answer to the questions?
Learn More About Your Family
Genetics play a role in everything from our eye color and height to our overall health. Therefore, it’s important to know your family medical history.
Find out this information by asking your family members the right questions. Do you have a family reunion coming up? Take some time to ask your family members specific questions that’ll help you track your family’s health history. You’ll want to know what major medical conditions they have or have had and the age of their diagnosis, along with the causes of death for deceased family members. For starters, obtain this information for your parents, grandparents, children, siblings, and nieces and nephews.
Once you’ve collected the information, what should you do with it? Try utilizing online resources that allow you to gather together your family’s health information. The Surgeon General’s Family Health Portrait is one good option. This tool helps you place all the information you gathered about your family’s health in one central location.
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