The growing understanding of human genetics promises a dramatic change in healthcare, with customized preventative care and treatments. Understanding the way genetic variants influence disease risk helps to reduce our healthcare costs and provides us with a new approach to a healthy lifestyle tailored to your needs. Today, Dynamic DNA will discuss how medical DNA testing will help your doctor better understand potential treatments, drug choices, and disease risk. Learn more about our medical DNA testing below!
Medical DNA Testing for Disease Risk
Nearly all diseases are influenced in some way by our genetic makeup. From cancer to the common cold, nearly every human malady has something to do with genes, whether it is a predisposition or genetic weakness to certain diseases or how our bodies will react to treatments. Some diseases are entirely genetic, or 100 percent penetrant. These diseases include Huntington's disease, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and more. Other diseases such as type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis have a significant behavioral aspect.
Understanding your genetic makeup allows you multiple health benefits. First, learning your genetic predisposition to diseases with high penetrance allows you to keep on eye on symptoms that are linked to those diseases and can act as an early warning signal to seek treatment. The knowledge of your potential health risks can lead to more vigilant behavior and early detection. Second, discovering diseases that are not necessarily highly penetrant but that you display some risk for can allow you to change lifestyle behaviors in order to better protect yourself from those diseases. For instance, if you have a predisposition to type 2 diabetes you will want to lead a more active lifestyle and routinely have your blood glucose measured.
Pharmacogenetics, or Medical DNA testing, can also provide you with information regarding your potential reaction to treatments and drugs. When there is a well-understood drug-gene interaction, knowing your genotype before starting the treatment can avoid dangerous side effects. Knowing which treatments to avoid will allow your doctor to better target your maladies and preserve your quality of life.
Contact Dynamic DNA for Medical DNA Testing
Dynamic DNA has the medical DNA testing that can help to better inform you and your physician. After all, knowledge is our greatest weapon in our battle against diseases. If you want to ensure that you are best-equipped to stay healthy, Dynamic DNA has the medical DNA testing for you. To learn more schedule an inquiry here, or call us at 417-319-1047.
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