Knowing your family health history is important because it can help your doctor understand if you are at a higher risk for certain diseases and if you need specific screenings. Here are some things you can do to keep track of your family’s health history.
How can I find out more about my family’s health history?
To find out more about your family’s health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you:
Be sure to get information about your immediate and extended family (e.g., mother, father, siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles) to get a better understanding of how your family’s health can impact your risk of certain diseases and illnesses.
What should I know about my family’s health history?
When collecting information about your family’s health history, include:
Once you have gathered this information, share it with your doctor. Depending on what you find out, your doctor may look at your risk of certain diseases and recommend screenings to find disease early or lifestyle changes to help prevent disease.
Tip: The Office of the Surgeon General offers the My Family Health Portrait tool to help you keep track of your family health history.
Lower your risk with a healthy lifestyle
Regardless of if you have a history of disease in your family, living a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent chronic disease. Here are some tips from the CDC on how you can reduce your risk of chronic disease:
What if I don’t have a doctor?
Posted: February 22, 2023