Knowing well the health history of your family tree is a powerful weapon of health and well-being, as it reveals the diseases from which you are most prone to be affected due to heredity.

See below what you need to know exactly and how to use the information obtained.

The family health tree deals with the illnesses that your relatives suffer from, or were suffering from, as well as the leading causes of death in the family. This includes all diseases, physical and mental, problems during pregnancy, developmental problems, etc. This tree is important not only because we have many genes in common with our family members, but also because members of a family tend to have the same habits, good and bad.

Knowing some more information can prevent some negative effects of genes. For example, if you have a family history of cancer, you may want to make some changes in your daily routine to reduce the risk. Or you can constantly do tests to "catch" the disease in the early stages, before it progresses to life-threatening levels.

Your goal should be to gather information about illness, diagnosis ages, causes and ages of death, at least of your next of kin. Although the information you gather will be good for all three generations before you.

Some of the diseases transmitted from generation to generation: heart disease, Alzheimer's, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes.