Many of us don’t know a lot about our genetic history. Even if you’re in close contact with your biological family, you may not be able to get much straightforward information about their health histories. Furthermore, adoption and the popularity of sperm and egg donation is making it less likely that a person will know much about their genetic history in the first place. Genes matter in terms of our health, and certainly outside factors can affect your risk for certain diseases. For example, obesity is linked to 13 types of cancer, and those cancers make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States every year. But typically, that risk is elevated by certain genetic factors, and you can’t understand those genetic factors without personalized genetic testing.
With that being said, let’s look into what you can learn from personalized genetic testing. You may be surprised by how informative it is!
1. The Causes of Current Illnesses
When doctors are at a loss for what is causing your current illnesses, they may order genetic testing. Some of the most mysterious and rare illnesses may manifest in physical symptoms, but that doesn’t mean doctors will be able to put the pieces together through those symptoms and determine a treatment plan. Results from a genetic test can make it easier for your doctor to narrow down your options and determine the correct diagnosis for you.
As previously mentioned, environmental factors often work with genetic factors to cause diseases. You can make healthier, individualized decisions regarding your lifestyle if you understand your genetic history and predispositions. If you have a predisposition for developing a certain type of cancer, it’s better that you know ahead of time. Some people even choose prophylactic surgeries to reduce their risk of developing certain cancers.
3. Treatment Plans
Say you’re suffering from depression, and you just don’t feel like your medication is working for you. It could be because of certain issues occurring internally, which make you more resistant to that medication. These issues can be difficult to discover without personalized genetic testing.
With all of this being said, don’t discount personalized genetic testing. If your doctor suggests it for you, they’re doing so for a reason. Ultimately, knowing these answers can better your life. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!