Health Matters

Why Family Medical History Is Important.

Improve the health of you and your family.

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You may wonder why your doctor asks you about medical problems in your family. Dr. Kenya Steele, a family physician and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Outreach at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine explains why family medical history is important.

“Family members share their genes, as well as their environment, lifestyles, and habits. Risks for diseases such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease also run in families.”

“Knowing your family medical history will help you and your healthcare provider take action to reduce your risk.”

Your healthcare provider might use your family medical history to:

  • Recommend disease screening earlier or more frequently
  • Help you find an effective exercise routine and healthy diet
  • Prescribe medications or treatments to reduce your risk
  • Consider a diagnosis that may have otherwise been missed
  • Identify other family members who may be at risk

“When we find out our family health history, we can help improve the health of ourselves and our families. ”

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