Knowing your family’s medical history can help you maintain and protect your health. If you have health problems in your family, it could be a sign that you are at risk.
Some examples of the complex disorders to look out for are: heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes.
Most of these diseases are influenced of combination of genetic factors, environmental factors and lifestyle choices.
Some of the ways you can learn about your family’s health history are by:
- Looking at family medical records and death certificates
- Collect information from your parents, sisters, brothers, half-sisters, half-brothers, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.