You may not have considered the importance of knowing your family’s health history, but you should.  Knowing your family’s health history could provide you with an idea of health issues you or your children may face in the future.  Don’t know where to start?  We suggest starting with these tips from the CDC.

Know Your Family

By learning about both your family health history and your spouse, you can provide your children with details that may otherwise never be known. It may not be fun to think about, and may even seem insignificant, but it could benefit their futures.

Is there a significant history of cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure? These are probably things you don’t want to think about, but what if you could reduce health issues by understanding your risks?

Extenuating Circumstances

In some cases, it may be difficult to find your health history.  In these cases, there are genetic tests that can help identify certain genes that may cause cancer.  By knowing these risks, you could begin making health and diet changes to decrease the chances of being faced with health issues to which you have a genetic predisposition to.  You can also do preventive screenings in addition to lifestyle changes.

There are many reasons to know and understand the risks of your family health history and it is never too early to start writing it down!