HOW TO TRACK YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Do you know that Nov.25 popularly known as Thanksgiving Day is also recognized as national family history day? This shows how important it is to know the health history of your family. Does any member of your family suffer from diabetes, cancer, or any other illness? Knowing the health history of your daily can helps to identify people who have high chances of having common disorders such as stroke, diabetes, cancer, or even other heart-related conditions. Even when you have no recollection of a relative who had any ailment whatsoever you are also prone or more likely to get a disease if other relatives in your family had. But when you have your family health history it is almost like having the power in your hands, not to stop the incoming illness from approaching. No, but you’ll have the knowledge to prevent the disease from catching you or any member of your family unaware. Having your family health history would enable you to act more quickly, earlier, and effectively. The benefits of knowing are immense.

So how do you track your family health history?

Talk with your doctor. This is the first and important step you need to take. Talking to your doctor would help you track your family health history the right way. Your doctor would also walk you through the procedures you need to follow, tell you the right questions you need to ask your family, basically where to start from.

Talk to your family.

True, your family members may not be so keen on questions related to diseases they may be uncomfortable with such questions and may not want to open up about them. But you need to make them realize the importance of it. Start by writing down the names of all relatives from both sides of the family i.e father, mother, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews, siblings, and grandparents. Ask them about what conditions they have or may have been diagnosed with and when. Ask them questions like:

Do you have any chronic diseases? What type?

How old were you when you were first diagnosed?

What were the causes and ages of deaths in the family?

Share the information relating to your family health history with your doctor and family members. On your next visit to the doctor any disease that may be causing you serious concern you can talk to your doctor. Ask your doctor about your worries and get proper assurance regarding the issue. Even when you are not able to get all your family health history, Share the one you know whether complete or not. The results can help your doctor to decide on which screening tests you need to do and when to start those tests. When you have a medical condition whatsoever share it with your family, even the information you discover. Once the screening results are out also share them with your family. It would help your relatives benefit from knowing the family health history information.