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Health Tip: Know Your Family Health History

Why it's important

(HealthDay News) -- Your doctor may have asked you for your family health history, but do you know why?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a family's health history, spanning at least three generations, can:

  • Help determine your own risk of health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
  • Your risk of developing a chronic condition is higher if a close family member has had it.
  • You can't affect your family's medical history, but you can affect your own health by not smoking, exercising and by eating healthier foods.


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