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Who Should Undergo Genetic Testing?

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Who Should Undergo Genetic Testing?

Analyzing your genes might sound like science fiction. As advanced as it sounds, it is an essential part of modern medicine. But who can benefit from the process? Here’s how to know if genetic testing can improve your health and wellness.

Genetic testing analyzes your DNA to learn how your body functions, explore health risks, and understand your physical features. Just as there are many applications for genetic testing, there are also several benefits for many individuals. 

At our comfortable office in Cheyenne, Wyoming, our Healthy Lifestyle Medicine experts, Kristine Van Kirk, MD, and Kelly Gebauer, WHNP-BC, offer genetic testing for various purposes. We can review the details of the tests and help you decide if genetic testing is a necessity for you. 

Here’s a list of reasons why you might consider genetic testing:

When you need a diagnosis

If you have ambiguous symptoms, one step that can either lead to a diagnosis or rule out certain diseases is genetic testing. Genetic testing diagnoses diseases that result from mutations in specific genes. 

Getting a diagnosis by way of genetic testing points to applicable options for treatment. Or, if genetic testing rules out certain possibilities, the results offer a little peace of mind. Either way, genetic testing is a valuable diagnostic tool. 

During or before pregnancy

You pass many of your genes on to your offspring. If you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant in the near future, genetic testing offers potential benefits. 

You can get genetic carrier testing before you get pregnant to detect genes that may pose a risk to your future child’s health. It’s a good idea to visit Healthy Lifestyle Medicine for genetic testing if you’re aware of specific genetic diseases in your lineage. 

Genetic testing also benefits you during or after pregnancy. If you get in vitro fertilization (IVF), genetic testing can evaluate the genes of the viable embryos. You can also assess your baby’s genes with genetic testing while you’re still pregnant. 

When you start a new treatment

Pharmacogenetics is a topic that examines the interactions between specific genes and certain medications. Some genes render medical ingredients inactive or less active, making those medications ineffective for treating your condition. 

Through pharmacogenetics, our team can develop fine-tuned treatment plans that exclude medications that won’t offer you improvement. They can also make sure you take a dosage that produces ideal results for your condition.

If you have family members with a genetic disease

Members of your family that have a specific genetic condition might not have known about their risk when they were younger. Fortunately, you have the option to evaluate your risk for the condition by way of genetic testing. You can assess your risk for diseases like breast or colon cancer long before you ever experience symptoms. 

If you’re eager to experience the results of genetic testing, schedule an appointment over the phone or online at Healthy Lifestyle Medicine today.