6 medical questions you should ask your family to better predict your own health

Some health conditions are hereditary or influenced by your family history. Here are important questions to ask about your family's medical history.

Some medical conditions are hereditary or influenced by your genes, so it can be proactive to learn more about your family's medical history. In some cases, it can help you start taking the appropriate steps if certain diseases or conditions do run in your family.

Do you, or any of our blood relatives, have any chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer's disease, etc.?

Did you or anyone in your family ever have problems with anesthesia?

Have you, or any of your blood relatives, had a major medical event such as a heart attack, stroke, or cancer diagnosis?

Is there any history of mental health issues in our family, including alcoholism or other kinds of substance abuse?

Have you been tested for genetic diseases?

Has anyone in your family died at a young age and if so, was the cause known?

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