Why is genetics important to my health?
Genes and Health
Family members share genes, habits, lifestyles, and surroundings. These things can affect health and the risk for illness. Most people have a relative with a chronic disease or a health condition such as high cholesterol. If you have a close family member with a chronic disease, you may be more likely to get that disease.
Taking time to learn about the diseases that run in your family is worth it! It will help you understand your own health and make healthy choices.