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Is Genetic Testing Good

Genetic testing has lots of advantages. It is sometimes very essential as it can predict the genetic condition of the unborn child. It is useful in planning pregnancy where there are chances of hereditary genetic disorders. It also predicts the probability of being a carrier of a genetic disorder. Read on in detail the benefits of genetic testing.

There is no doubt that genetic testing is highly advantageous for a lot of people. It can offer vital information regarding the health of the unborn child and whether any disorder can be passed on to the offspring, that is, if they happen to be carriers of the respective disorder.

Significance of Genetic Testing

We inherit genetic traits from our parents and forefathers. And all the coded information about our traits and health are contained in the genes. The doctors can get access to a host of information on look, appearance, personality of the individual and whether or not they stand the risk of contracting any genetic disease. It is also possible to know if the individual is a carrier without him/her showing any signs of the said disease. Then it is no less important to know the fact that whether the person tested is likely to pass on the genetic conditions or abnormalities to their offspring.

You get to know about the exact status of the disease carrier as well, so that a timely medical intervention can be called for. Therefore apart from revealing the genetic makeup of the individuals, and thousands of other genetic facts, one also gets to take a timely call on whether they want their genetic traits to be passed on their children, that is, if they are likely to cause a disorder in the future. You not only get to know where your ancestors came from but also get to know about your dormant traits. Accordingly you also get to know about the traits that your child is likely to have. 

The Goodness of Genetic Testing Gets Reflected in the Benefits

Genetic testing is no less than a revolution in the medical field. Genealogy is an extensive subject that requires constant exploration. Researchers are on it and offering some new information every passing day. Treatment has become more personalized and customized and often just the way you desire it to be. Although there are certain ethical issues regarding the method and use of genetic testing, but there is no doubt in how it can yield the best of results.

Detecting Possibility

Perhaps the most notable amongst the benefits regarding genetic testing is the fact that it is accurate with predictions. When genetic testing was not this evolved, doctors merely suspected that there is a possibility that an individual can develop certain diseases based on the manifested symptoms. But with genetic testing it is possible to test out for sure where the suspicion is indeed true. The degree of possibility can also be accurately determined. This benefit is particularly helpful for couples planning pregnancy. If they are tested to be carriers of a genetic disease, they can be careful of choosing not to pass it on to their children.

Timely Treatment

Further genetic testing can also predict whether a person stands at an increased risk of developing certain genetic disorders. The doctors thereby get a chance to suggest ways so that at least the environmental risk factors are controlled. The patients can also be made alert about the early symptoms so that the disease can be treated at the earliest.  

The most common diseases that can be ascertained through genetic testing:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart diseases
  • Cancer
  • Mental ailments like anxiety disorder, ADHD and even eating disorder
  • Neurological problems like Alzheimer’s disease, MS and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

As said earlier once the possibility of the disease is known, one can take adequate and relevant precautions under medical supervision. One can also obtain advice from a genetic counselor so as to devise a effective and customised health plan. Therefore the most important good of genetic testing is that the doctors are able to treat, manage and even cure a disease even if it is not possible to prevent it.

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