When you think of your family tree, you may remember your grandfather’s job, stories about a great-great aunt or you may hope for some distant ties to royalty. As a physician, I know just how important family trees are.Your family medical history helps you realize your own health risks. I help my patients make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce their chances of developing those diseases that run in their families.
As you record your family medical history, make note of heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, cancer, diabetes, mental illness, osteoporosis, arthritis and obesity. Also record when your relatives were diagnosed with the diseases and any lifestyle factors that may have contributed to the illnesses.The U.S. Surgeon General has an online tool to help families trace their medical histories. Visit My Family Health Portrait to start your online profile today. To find a physician, call 877.CENTEGRA.