Duke Medicine: Thanksgiving a perfect time to share family health history : WRAL.com

It’s well documented that many medical conditions have a strong genetic component. From cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer to mental health conditions, blood-clotting disorders, and cystic fibrosis, a number of diseases can run in families.

The good news is that by creating a record of your family’s health conditions, you can help medical professionals better understand — and possibly reduce — the risk that you and your relatives will develop them, too.

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