Even though you cannot change your genetic makeup, knowing your family history can help you reduce your risk of developing health problems.
A person’s medical history is made up of many different pieces of information that tell the complete story about that individual’s current and past health. An important aspect our medical history is our family history.
Most of us know that we can reduce our risk of disease by eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise, and not smoking. But, did you know that your family history might be one of the strongest influences on your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer?
Even if you don’t have a history of a particular health problem in your family, you could still be at risk. This is because
- Your lifestyle, personal medical history, and other factors influence your chances of getting a disease
- You may be unaware of disease in some family members
- You could have family members who died young, before they had a chance to develop chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer
Our Concierge Physicians conduct an online medical history interview to obtain information about you and your family.