FDA approves direct-to-consumer genetic testing

In April of this year, the FDA approved direct-to-consumer genetic testing for a total of 10 medical conditions-- which basically means that the U.S. government has begun allowing American citizens to order their own genetic tests without a doctor's order.

Armed with the knowledge from these genetic tests, you can take charge of your own health. Your genes are not your destiny, just the bullets in the gun.  Your lifestyle pulls the trigger, so understanding your risks is empowering!

You might have heard of this company, called 23andMe--so named because there are 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell. 

This test is so robust that it has six major factors that make it powerful:

1.  It offers 10 FDA-approved tests for 10 different diseases.

2.  It includes data for genetic flaws for 40 other diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia.

3.  It provides data about many general body characteristics, about a wide range of health issues--such as the genetic tendencies for sleep, lactose tolerance, caffeine and alcohol tolerability, and some genes revolving around weight and food choices.

4.  It includes many other genetic tests that have incredible power in the right hands (especially since they provide all the "methylation" genes).

5.  Its ancestry testing gives you the breakdown of your heritage and can even help you find long-lost or unknown relatives.

6.  Since your genes don't change, you only have to do the test once--and once it's been done, you own the data forever and can do what you please with it.

 

As we unravel the puzzle of our own DNA it is important to collaborate with a knowledgeable health care provider.  Understanding how our genes influence the aging process is an exciting premise not available to those before us.  You can purchase this test at www.23andme.com for $199.   Send in your saliva sample and have your entire DNA raw data delivered to you securely in about 14 days.  Times, they are a changin…

    • Joan Spadafina Phelps
      Joan Spadafina Phelps

      What a wonderful opportunity for us to finally be able to get such important information about our health with a preventative approach - BEFORE actually developing a disease or chronic condition!