A routine visit to your GP can be overwhelming. In addition to the myriad of insurance and privacy forms, the endless questions about your medical history – even the history of your closest relatives – can be overwhelming. While it may seem intrusive and laborious, the health status of your parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, and uncles can help doctors know what to watch out for with you. For example, if your mother has high blood pressure, a doctor might want to monitor your blood pressure more closely. Nature (your genes) and upbringing (your family’s lifestyle) can have an effect on your health – and you get both from your parents.

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