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In-Home Genetics Testing: What Are You At-Risk For?

By Emily Roberts, MA, LPC

Have you ever wanted to know if you or your child is at-risk for developing different diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes?  Many adults we work with are and looking to optimise their health, and decrease the risk of potential life threatening diseases.  Many of the parents we work with  have one or more adoptive children, and know very little about their biological background, let alone their risk for developing diabetes, cancer or heart disease.  Those who opt to do genetic testing want to know their potential risk in order to take the best preventitive care possible and alleviate worry over the unknown.

Advocates of in-home genetic testing argue that testing may motivate parents and children to take preventive actions, while critics believe personal genetic tests may provide inaccurate or incomplete information that may worry parents and children more than it helps them.  However, if we are unaware of the genetic make up of the child (due to adoption) this route may be the easiest in preventing future diseases, and allows parents to be steps ahead, rather than worried about the unknown. In the study listed below, of those parents who are interested in genetic testing, “96 percent think it may give them the chance to prevent diseases and may help parents recognize children’s health problems earlier. The poll also shows that 90 percent of parents who express interest in genetic testing for their children are also interested in genetic testing for themselves.”

As adults, if we know that we have a genetic predisposition to a particular disease, this test accurately tests YOUR risk, dispelling the fear of the unknown. Variations in your genes crucial to your B-vitamin metabolism and the ability to manage oxidative stress.  Individuals that show suboptimal results for the genes can be at increased risk for ineffective utilization of B-vitamins and potential for cell damage caused by oxidative stress, both of which can in some cases lead to increased risk for certain diseases and cancers. 

A recent poll by University of Michigan Health Systems found most parents are interested in testing their children. Nearly all interested parents believe it may give them a chance to prevent disease; most uninterested parents believe it will cause worry.”  To see the article in full click here

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