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- Your DNA and What You Can Do With It
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Your DNA and What You Can Do With It
Using the latest genome technology, people’s genetic makeup can be analyzed today through DNA testing and their predisposition to certain diseases determined.
When determining genetic susceptibilities, the latest molecular genetic tests are employed, supported by a broad range of sophisticated techniques that ensure scientific accuracy and hard fast criteria while also taking epidemiological principles into consideration.
To determine genetic susceptibility to certain diseases and disorders, several databases have been developed for storing and organizing the millions of nucleotides that have emerged in numerous research projects. Biological information and bioinformatics are also used extensively. Consistent statistical methods are employed to arrive at accurate and reliable results so as to enable the testing of multiple hypotheses.
You too can learn what your disease risks are and take firm steps towards preventing disease with the new information supplied by your DNA. The development of such genetic tests is the harbinger of a new era in preventive personal medicine.
The technology developed in this area by the world of medicine enables you to have a look at your DNA and obtain important information about your genetic susceptibilities. Tests are not diagnoses. But DNA testing can tell you the diseases to which you might be susceptible, as well as offering recommendations for reducing your risks, and encouraging your doctor to outline a personal preventive plan for you.
By conducting such tests, you and your doctor can gain important information about your genetic risk profile and your disease risks, taking into account your family history, your lifestyle and living standards, and environmental factors. Lifestyle changes, early detection, and a heightened level of awareness will be useful for both you and your doctor in developing a plan for preventive treatment.
It is of course of vital importance that the test data be correct. Consequently, a meticulous effort is made to ensure accuracy of 99% or higher in genotyping results. The relationship between genetic risk factors and disease has been consistently demonstrated by statistically significant results in different communities around the world.
Learning your genetic makeup through advanced techniques provides a powerful incentive for making positive changes in your life. The decision to undergo DNA testing is personal, private and voluntary.
How does having such genetic data affect doctors’ general methods of treatment?
Just as genetic testing results can ensure a personalized approach to each patient clinically, so does having those results at hand and knowing his patient’s susceptibilities give a physician a more accurate picture of how to proceed with treatment. Clinical implementation of all results that analyze genetic risk enables us to challenge our patients’ genetic makeup and, when possible, preempt its consequences. Not only that but genetic testing makes it possible for patients to be informed of the risks they face in clear and concrete terms and at an early stage.
What do patients gain by knowing their genetic predispositions in advance?
Besides providing an additional motivation to seek disease-preventing strategies, such tests are also an inducement to follow a regime of early diagnosis and observation. Combined with traditional clinical methods, they are also useful in differential diagnosis.
Diseases for which genetic risk can be determined through personal DNA testing:
Cancer:Breast, colon, lung, prostate, stomach, skin (melanoma)
Vascular:Brain hemorrhage, stomach hemorrhage, deep vein thrombosis
GI:Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease, hemochromatosis
Neurology:Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, restless leg syndrome
Cardiology:Atrial fibrillation, heart attack
Eye:Glaucoma, macular degeneration
Lactose intolerance, type 2 diabetes, obesity