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Learning Your Family Health History

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - When you're catching up with your relatives this Thanksgiving, State Officials want you to ask your relatives about their health.

Members of the Washington State Health Department report certain health conditions are in your genes.  If you know your family's health history, it may help you avoid illnesses you could be prone to.  One doctors suggests asking your relatives about your family's history with heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

"If you have someone, their father died at an early age at 40 of heart disease, and you're in your 20's, and you go in and find out your cholesterol is really high and you're doing everything, you stopped your smoking, etc. and your still high, aybe you need something from the Doctor. Doing all these things will give you a longer life than without doing these things," said Doctor Larry Jecha, Benton-Franklin Health Dept. 

Once you know your family health history, the U.S. Department of Health has an easy way to record it online.

To go to their website just go to our home page, highlight the "News" Tab, click on "On Air Links" in the drop-down menu, then click on "Family Health History."