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.


See What They Know About Your Grandparents

Since you’ll already be on the phone with your parents, ask about your grandparents. You want similar information for them: any health conditions they had, roughly when they were diagnosed, and how bad they were. If they’ve passed away, you want to know how old they were and what they died of as precisely as you or they know. If your parents have passed away, see if any relatives may have this information.

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