Researching your family’s medical history will tell far more than whether your children will be predisposed to having red hair, or be tall, short … or bald. Researching the health of your family members in the past could help influence your health in the future.
Some medical conditions are known to be, or suspected of being, hereditary so researching your family’s health history will identify patterns and assist doctors to ascertain your risk of developing particular medical conditions or diseases. Knowing these risks helps doctors make informed decisions on screening or when advising on possible prevention or treatment
Your family’s medical history can also help identify other family members at potential risk and establish whether a condition is likely to be passed down to the next generation.
This guide will help you understand the terms and definitions you will likely encounter in your research and help you interpret the information for what could be a healthier future for you and your family.