The last time you visited the doctor’s office, you were likely asked you if you have a “family history” of certain conditions. Doctors ask this question so they can customize your care.
A number of diseases — heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, and more — can be influenced by your family tree due to genetics, environment, or other hereditary factors. If you know whether there is a history of diseases in your family, it can help your doctor treat you more effectively, and even proactively. Here are five important reasons to build a family health history: