10 Steps to Figure Out Your Family's Medical History

Here’s what you need to know about gathering your family’s medical history.

10 Steps to Figure Out Your Family's Medical History

You might know a lot about your health, but how much do you really know about the health of your parents or grandparents? Knowing key parts of your family history when it comes to health can help doctors identify diseases you might be at risk for so they can start screening you at the right time. Doing so might just save your life. Here are the 10 steps you need to go through to put together your medical family history.

Move On to Your Spouse and Kids

Write down the health conditions of your spouse and any children you might have. As you did with your own health conditions, make sure to note the age the condition was diagnosed and how bad the condition is. If you and your spouse underwent any genetic testing, you should include the results of those tests. If your kids are older, check with them to make sure there’s nothing else you might have missed.

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