Creating a Family Health History

Many factors affect your health. These include your:

Family members tend to share certain behaviors, genetic traits, and habits. Creating a family history can help you identify the specific risks that influence your health and your family’s health.

For example, having a family member with a condition such as diabetes may increase your risk of getting it. The risk is higher when:

  • More than one person in the family has the condition
  • A family member developed the condition 10 to 20 years earlier than most other people with the condition

Serious diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, and stroke are more likely to run in families. You can share this information with your health care provider who can suggest ways to reduce your risk.