You could be forgiven for thinking that today is Thanksgiving or Hanukkah or even Thanksgivukkah! Actually, it’s National Family History Day, a chance to speak with your close relatives about their health histories. Having a clear family medical history can be useful if your primary care doctor is the thorough type who asks about these things and takes them into account for prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
The Surgeon General offers My Family Health Portrait for those who want to create an organized family history.
You may want to wait till after the feast to initiate this discussion, lest it lead to familial friction by giving everyone an extra reason to critique eating habits and health behaviors.
By David E. Williams of the Health Business Group.November 28, 2013