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Improve Your Future Health by a Genetic Predisposition Test

Updated on May 23, 2018
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After 22 years as an RN, I now write about medical issues and new medical advances. Diet, exercise, and lifestyle are all important.

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Genetic Predisposition Testing

There is a new trend for people to get their DNA tested via Genetic Predisposition Health testing to determine if they have a higher risk for a large variety of diseases and medical conditions.

It has been well known for many years that some diseases are hereditary. There are other medical conditions that seem to run in families; however, there is no proof they are actually hereditary diseases. Often some autoimmune diseases seem to run in families, but the research has not found a genetic link at this time.

The advancements in the study of DNA since the Human Genome Project are remarkable.

Certainly many people have hear of the BRAC Test for breast cancer. Many people who have a relative with breast cancer decide to get the DNA test, and many lives are saved.

Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project has identified 20,000 to 25,000 genes of DNA, determining the 3 billion sequences of chemical base pairs that comprise DNA. This information is stored in databases and has opened a whole new door of research.

There is a great deal of DNA genetic testing in many areas of life, including medicine, paternity testing, forensic testing, BRAC testing that is specific for breast cancer, DNA ancestry testing, and it is certainly used for criminal investigations.

Diseases Predicted with DNA Testing

Genetic Predisposition Health DNA testing is a bit different, and it has the ability to determine if an individual is prone to develop any of 25 different genetic diseases or medical conditions in their lifetime.

It is simply done by putting a few drops of blood on a card and mailing it to a lab. The labs are CLIA-certified laboratories. The diseases can be grouped in types for easier understanding and they include:

  • Cardiovascular disease – aneurysms, atrial fibrillation, heart disease, peripheral artery disease and venous thrombosis
  • Immune disease – Systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Graves’ disease, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease and psoriasis
  • Cancers – breast, bladder, colorectal, gastric, lung, prostate and skin cancer
  • Diseases of Aging – Alzheimer’s disease, osteoarthritis and macular degeneration
  • Other medical conditions – obesity, migraine headaches, Type I or II diabetes

No doubt in the future that this list will grow substantially.

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Ramifications of DNA Testing

Some people think that this type of testing will be the future of healthcare, and it can be useful at this time. For instance, if a person was prone to breast cancer, then, the physician might order a mammogram at a younger age, and the person would be instructed to strictly complete monthly self breast exams to find any sign of cancer at the earliest possible stage.

There is some concern by individuals that having a record of this test on file might invade their privacy. Medical files are private without a court order at this time, but no one knows what the future could hold.

Could someone be denied health care insurance or employment? This is certainly a valid concern that law makers should address.

Genetic VS Environmental Diseases

People must also be taught the difference between genetic or inherited diseases and environmental diseases. For instance, smoking is known to contribute to lung cancer. If your test shows a predisposition to lung cancer, smoking will increase that probability.

The results of the lab test for the various diseases are rated as high risk, medium risk or low risk, so an individual would be most concerned with a high probability.

Anyone who gets a Genetic Predisposition Health DNA test should see a physician to discuss the results and to make sure they understand the ramifications of the test results. The physician will also decide if the patient’s medical regimen care should be changed.

Do I Need a Doctor to Get a Test?

There are four common foundations where you can order a reasonably priced genetic test. These foundations allow you to research your family tree, which should reveal cause of death oin your more recent family members.

Sometimes you will find a copy of a death recored that actually lists the cause of death. It is a good idea to verify the cause of death by more than one source for accuracy. Hoewever, you can request a test from your dsoctor that should provide the accuracy you are seeking.

They include:

  1. My Heritage
  2. 23 and Me
  3. Family Tree DNA
  4. Ancestry

Worldvitalrecords.com is probably the best place for beginners doing their first ancestry search. GenealogyBank.com provides the best genealogy site for access to genealogy records. FindMyPast.com is also an excellent site that reveals information on deaths in the United States, England and Ireland.

A quick search on the internet will provide you with several places to search.

It is interesting to uncover your ancestry, but finding genetic causes of death could save your life.

Genetic Predisposition DNA Testing for Health and Disease

In Summary

It is important to understand that these tests cannot predict the future. The test may indicate that some lifestyle changes are in order to provide the best quality of health and to lower the risk of disease.

There will certainly be more diseases detected as technology evolves, and this science probably is the wave of the future.

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Vickiw, I think you make a very good point. I guess it is definitely a personal decision. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Mary, I feel the same way. I think it is a smart move for a young person as they may be able to change their life. Thanks for your comments.

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    Vickiw 

    5 years ago

    I wonder if knowing your genetic predisposition might cause some to become obsessive about it. I think it would make me feel very uneasy on a daily basis! I understand that it could be very helpful. On the other hand, maybe ignorance about this might be bliss. Very interesting Hub.

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    Mary Craig 

    5 years ago from New York

    Well Pam, it looks like the future is now! I have to agree with Bill. I'm 65 and at this point I may just shoot the dice. A younger person, or someone with a family history of a particular problem would be crazy not to try this to help them either avoid or mitigate something in their future. Great topic and very helpful.

    Voted up, useful, and interesting.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drbj, I think you are right. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    drbj and sherry 

    5 years ago from south Florida

    Hi, Pamela. Genetic Predisposition Health DNA testing is still a novelty of sorts at present. But I predict that before long it will be a standard of testing used for health check-ups. At least, I hope so. Thanks for this latest information.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Ruby, My brother has this disease also but no one else does, but our extended family is small. My brother goes off the diet occasionally, but he pays the price when he does.

    I have a friend who has literally saved the lives of some extended family members for cancer testing. They found they had the genes and cancer was discovered in two cases in the very early stages, so surgery was all that was required. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    tsadjatko, I hadn't thought to compare DNA with money, but I guess you made a good point. Thanks for the comment.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Paula, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I think this is especially good for young people also. To get a diagnosis early, especially for many cancers, is the difference between life and death. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    I have just recently been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I am the only one in my family with this so far, possibly DNA testing would alert others. I must say that it is not a bad diagnosis. You learn to eat healthy, omitting wheat, rye and barley from your diet. I must confess that i would give mucho bucks for a cheeseburger on a yeast bun..Hee..Thank's for a great hub....

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    TSAD 

    5 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

    "3 billion sequences of chemical base pairs" I used to marvel at the huge numbers involved in the DNA structure but since Obama took office I realize it's no big deal, if the government can spend billions in every a day, trillions in a year and grow the debt at the rate of trillions, what is a few billion sequences of chemical base pairs? It's a drop in the bucket. :-)

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    Paula 

    5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Pam....This is so very fascinating. I recently read an article online about this very topic. It takes a while to accept the reality of the incredible progress medical science continues to make at such a fast pace.

    There is so much that can come of this sort of testing, Pam. I believe especially for young adults, who are aware of their family's medical history. So many issues can be brought to our attention, and spark research and conversation, with regard to one's own health.

    Thank you for sharing this with your readers, Pam. Very educational...UP+++

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Billy, I think the science is fascinating but at my age, I agree that it is not for me. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Patti, I think it certainly a personal decision. On one hand, the results could be disturbing if you were high for cancer or some other awful disease, but on the other hand, you might be able to find a disease and treat it quickly with great success. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I don't know, Pamela! What do you really think of it? I'm sixty-four; do I really care at this point?

    Interesting hub nonetheless; good job of giving us the facts.

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    breakfastpop 

    5 years ago

    This hub is absolutely fascinating. I have to be honest though and admit that I would never avail myself of any of these tests. I think the results would disturb me way too much. Up, interesting useful and awesome.

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