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What are questions that I can ask about my relatives to learn about my family's health history?

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  • To learn about your family's health history, ask your relatives questions such as these: How old are you?
  • Do you or did anyone in our family have any long-term health problems, like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, bleeding disorder, or lung disease?
  • Do you or did anyone in our family have any health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or osteoporosis?
  • Does anyone in our family have any other serious illnesses, such as cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's/dementia, genetic birth disorders?
  • How old were they when they were diagnosed?
  • Are their illnesses under control? How are/were they treated?

SOURCES:

CDC: "Gather and Share Your Family Health History."

National Institutes of Health Senior Health: "Creating a Family Health History."

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: "Surgeon General's Family Health History Initiative."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Gather and Share Your Family Health History."

National Institutes of Health Senior Health: "Creating a Family Health History."

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: "Surgeon General's Family Health History Initiative."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

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