With shows like ??????Who Do You Think You Are?????? becoming popular it is no wonder that genealogy is one of the top ten hobbies in the country. But did you know that your family genealogy can also be something smart to do for your family????????s health?
“Health care professionals have known for a long time that common diseases – heart disease, cancer, and diabetes – and rare diseases – like hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, and sickle cell anemia – can run in families. If one generation of a family has high blood pressure, it is not unusual for the next generation to have similarly high blood pressure. Tracing the illnesses suffered by your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your doctor predict the disorders to which you may be at risk and take action to keep you and your family healthy.” The Surgeon General doesn????????t just offer reasons for collecting health history alongside your family history but suggests concrete ways to gather it with a web tool.
Using My Family Health Portrait you can:
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??????? Print your family health history to share with family or your health care worker.
??????? Save your family health history so you can update it over time.
So while you’re finding out if George Washington actually slept at your ancestor’s house, collect your family’s health history, too. Your descendants might really have reason to thank you!
For more information visit http://www.hhs.gov/familyhistory/