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At-home genetic tests check the DNA of your cells. These tests can find changes in your genes that increase your risk for certain health problems.
Some of these tests provide information about your health, paternity, or family health history.
A genetic test may be done to:
An at-home genetic test that offers information about your health risks may help you to decide to make lifestyle changes that help you stay healthy.
A test about ancestry can also help you learn more about your family history and ethnicity.
An at-home genetic test is a test you do you yourself. You can buy the test at a store or online. The test kit will include instructions on how to do it. But in general:
Some at-home genetic testing companies may have a genetic counselor or health care provider available who can answer questions or explain results.
There are some things to consider when you use an at-home genetic test.
The benefits and risks of at-home genetic tests will need more research.
A genetic test result is your personal information.
Finding a genetic disease may have legal implications.
The results from an at-home genetic test are usually just one piece of information. Other things that can affect your health include lifestyle, family medical history, and environment. So if you are thinking about using one of these tests, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor.
Your doctor may suggest that you see a genetic counselor. This type of counseling can help you think through your decisions. It is guidance given by a health professional (genetic counselor or medical geneticist) who is trained to help people understand their options for genetic testing and their risks of getting a disease or of having a child with the disease.
Talk with your doctor or genetic counselor about your results before you make health-related decisions such as:
Current as of:
July 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineSiobhan M. Dolan MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
Current as of: July 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Siobhan M. Dolan MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
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