Tracking your family's medical history is important to help you know your future health risks. Your family history also is a great guide for doctors who can give you preventive health tips and screenings and medical exams that can catch any complications early on.
Be sure to include the following:
Blood related relatives including half brothers and half sisters.
Medical conditions and age the family member was diagnosed.
Medical treatments family members have received.
Cause of death.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has a great tool available for download. Visit http://www.hhs.gov and download the "My Family Health Portait" tool. It is a simply program that helps you keep track and builds a family tree of your family's medical history.