With New Year’s resolutions right around the corner, it is likely one of your resolutions will be focused on your health. Most of us want to eat healthier foods, exercise more, lose weight, and reduce stress.
But, have you ever considered diving deeper into understanding your health conditions and how your DNA—your very own genetic fingerprint—can impact them? If so, this is an opportune time as you gather with family, to begin creating a family health history.

Begin by looking for common threads that may indicate the potential presence of a genetic variant that’s been passed down from one generation to the next in a family. To start, it’s useful to know if anyone on either side of your family has had a major medical condition, at what age it was diagnosed, how it was diagnosed, by whom it was diagnosed, and how it was treated. Drawing family trees can help you keep track of this information (trees can be compiled by using tools like the pedigree tool, such as this one found in Mayo Clinic GeneGuide™.

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