What is Genetic Testing?
Genetic testing is basically a study of your DNA. It explores what you inherently have in your system as possibly inherited from your parents and grandparents. It searches for possible mutations and changes in your genes that may affect your health in the following ways: susceptibility to certain conditions, possibility of passing on these conditions to your children.
How are the tests done?
Depending on the types of test and what we are tested for, samples for instance blood, saliva or tissue can be collected. These are are then sent to an accredited laboratory for DNA sequencing.
Benefits and limitations of genetic testing
Engaging in a genetic test allows you to discover possible conditions you may have in your system. These may lead to early intervention of treatments that can help you determine healthcare costs, save time and implement preventive measures. It can also help you and your family members understand the journey of how they can prevent or reduce the chance of genetic condition in their lifetime. However, it is important to know about the limitations of genetic testing as every test does not determine the underlining cause of a genetic condition. A conversation between you and your healthcare provider is crucial for evaluating and recommending the most suitable solution on what genetic testing can offer.