Once upon a time, getting your DNA tested was a rare thing – as rare as the genetic diseases that the tests tried to detect.
But no more.
- You can order a kit through the mail that can tell you what diseases you’re at risk of developing down the road.
- Your doctor can order dozens of tests to look for specific changes or variations in your DNA that might be causing your symptoms, or putting you at risk of future problems.
- Or if you’re pregnant, you can have your doctor draw a vial of your blood, which you can send in to get information about the DNA of your future child.
And the ability to personalize treatment based on the exact gene variations you carry in your body is speeding up for many conditions.
How is an ordinary person supposed to make sense of all this genetic information?
And what do you do if you take a test and it shows you have a high risk or a current problem?