Knowing your family health history is very important. It’s not only important for your health but the health of your children and even siblings. Knowing your family health history can be more reliable then genetic testing.
Use holidays, family gatherings and funerals to gather family health information you need. Begin charting your family health history with your own health issues and illnesses. Then, find out the health history of both your parents, your siblings and then multiple generations back. It’s good to know your family health history so you know what to screen for and be aware of, also it’s good for your children.
You should ask and know the health problems and illnesses of family members. It’s good to note dates, as well as any complications or hospitalizations.
You should ask about lifestyles, too. You should know if they were active or obese. You should know if they were a smoker or drinker. You should know the environment they lived in, such as where they lived and worked.
You should ask and know when and why a family member died. If they died of a health issue, you should know how that illness progressed. You can give that information to your doctor who can help you keep an eye on things.
Also, everyone has two parents. It’s good to know the complete family history of both parents and their families. Don’t just look at your same sex parent or relative. If breast cancer happens on your dad’s side, as a woman you could be at risk to get it.
While knowing your family health history is good to know, so you have an idea what’s in your future. Your family health history can be used as a way to prevent illness and diseases.