Answers to frequently asked questions
Is genetic testing sensible?
No. Your genes will remain the same throughout the course of your life and so your genetic predispositions will not change. In other words, you would only get the same result again.
This is a valid question and in the case of untreatable disorders we actually believe that it is not beneficial to know of ones dispositions. DNA Plus on the other hand only offers genetic testing for disorders that are preventable or treatable. This way it is beneficial to know in order to neutralize the risk and stay healthy.
If the preventive advice is something like: "Don't smoke and ensure regular physical activity", there is no point in performing a genetic test, as everyone should adhere to these general rules of a healthy life. This is why DNA Plus focuses on diseases, for which the prevention programs go beyond the general rules of healthy living. The prevention plan might require you to donate blood 4-6 times a year to lower the iron content in your blood, it might suggest certain foods and discourage you from eating others or even suggest certain exercises to strengthen specific bones. Prevention can be very specific to your situation, but easy to perform as long as you know of your personal risk.
Some genes are rarely defective and therefore lead to an increased risk of disease only for very few cases. The fructose gene is a good example because it is defective only in one of 20.000 people, leading to fructose intolerance. Offering this genetic test to the masses would not make sense, since so very few people could be helped. Therefore, our genetic tests focus exclusively on genes that are often defective, in order to help as many people as possible. An example is testing for lactose intolerance, which affects every 4th-6th European.