Family health history is a collection of information about diseases that run in your family, as well as information about the lifestyle (e.g., eating habits, activities, etc.) and environment that your family shares. Knowing about diseases that run in your family can help you make healthy choices to prevent or lower your disease risk.
Your family’s health history is just one part of the overall history of your family. Gathering information about your family health history also presents a valuable opportunity for you to share your heritage and culture with your relatives and future generations.
This section provides tips, tools and resources that will help you talk with your relatives to collect and record your family’s health history information. This section also provides simple tips and tools that will help you share this information with doctors to improve your health and reduce your disease risk.