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Free Family Health History Tool Available

By on October 10, 2011

Is obesity part of your family tree? Are you at higher risk of diabetes? What about your predisposition to allergies or migraine headaches? It’s often not until we get ill that questions about our own health and our family health history arise. But that’s changing.

Your family health history can help your doctor provide better overall care to you. It can help identify whether you have higher risk for some diseases. And it can help in looking for early warning signs of disease. It is an opportunity to increase prevention efforts for all sorts of conditions and diseases.

The Surgeon General’s “My Family Health Portrait” is a web-based tool that makes it easy for you to record your family health history. It takes about 15-20 minutes to build a basic family history, creating a “pedigree” family tree that you can download. It can even be saved and updated over time. It is private–it does not keep your information. It gives you a health history that you can share with family members or send to your doctor. Its good stuff to share with siblings and relatives so all your relatives reap the benefits too. And it’s free.

Once you create your health history for you and your family doctor to review, it can become part of your medical record. Click here for more details.

The Surgeon General’s My Family Health Portrait tool does NOT keep a government record of the data you complete nor make your health information available to anyone else but you. My Family Health Portrait was originally developed in collaboration between the Office of the Surgeon General and the National Human Genome Research Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

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