Are you getting together with family this 4th of July? Holidays like these when multiple generations gather together provide a great opportunity to talk to family members about their health history. Especially family members you might not know much about or don’t see very often.
Why is this important? While many factors contribute to your overall health, several common health concerns like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s can run in families. Identifying what illnesses your parents, grandparents, or other relatives might have suffered from can be important for identifying your own health risks and can help guide conversations with your doctor.
Those who have a parent, brother, sister or child with Alzheimer’s are more likely to develop the disease. The risk increases if more than one family member has the illness. When diseases tend to run in families, either heredity (genetics) or environmental factors, or both, may play a role. – Alz.org
Most people know family health history is important, but few take the time to ask their relatives questions or write down the answers. To make this easier you can use this free website tool that creates a personalized family health record you can save and update as needed.