By Dana Smith
There are many lessons which a person can learn from his or her elders. Among the things which you can learn about include whether you might be at risk of suffering from heart ailments, high blood pressure, cancer and obesity among others. People whose family members suffer from chronic ailments have higher risks of developing the same conditions.
Many reputable family health care’s professionals ask their patients questions regarding their parents. Among the questions which they want to know include whether there is a history of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes in the family. If it’s found out that there was someone in the family lineage that has a certain ailment, then it’s important to start looking out for these cases in patients who have an early age of 40 or 50 years.
Family health history
Most families share both genes and lifestyles which are key factors that determine the risk factors for chronic ailments. It’s advisable that families compile a comprehensive family history which could be used as a tool for understanding possible ailments that could affect the family hence making it possible to put in place the right preventive factors for managing the risks. With accurate information made available to walk in urgent care, proper care can be offered.
While coming up with family profiles, it’s imperative to list up to three generations of the family, all biological relative, their ages, diagnosis and the cause of their deaths. Start with your grandparents and work your way through your parents and siblings. This may at times seem to be a huge task, but it’s all worth the time and effort. Many doctors make it a habit to educate the general public about the importance of this exercise as it really helps both the concerned persons and doctors to know where to check for when offering preventive care.
There are quite a number of web based tools which can be used to come up with a detailed view of a family lineage in the easiest way possible. The online system can assist you develop a family tree and the users can download the information to their computers. Moreover, the website they use don’t share their information. Moreover, the users have the freedom to share their family history with other members and also print out a report for physicians and other healthcare providers.
Adoption and health records
However, parents of adopted children could find it harder collecting information about their children because the information which is provided is limited. This means that getting correct and accurate history from the birth family is indeed a hard task. At times, these people may have mental issues and you will be at a loss knowing what their medical history is. By the time you will be putting the information you need together, you will have done a lot of digging.
But while collecting this kind of information, you should make sure that you avoid any possible mistakes as this may make it harder for you to achieve the purpose of collecting the information.
– This post is created by Dana Smith. She is currently associated with Family Health Care in Wasilla. In this post she is sharing the tips how keeping the history of health records of a family member helps in future.