Family Health History and Chronic Disease

If you have a family health history of a chronic disease like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis, you are more likely to get that disease yourself. Share your family health history with your doctor, who can help you take steps to prevent disease and catch it early if it develops.

Learn more about what having a family health history of each of these conditions means for you:

Page last reviewed: October 3, 2019