Getting a Genomic Profile

Getting a Genomic Profile

You may be wondering how to get a genomic profile. You should consider several things before doing so.  For instance, getting a genomic profile may indicate predisposition to a devastating disease for which there is no cure. Conversely, you may be able to ward off a potential future illness by making decisions now that could impact your future health. The first step is to talk to your doctor or a qualified health care professional to determine if it’s the right decision for you.

 

Several companies do test the DNA of paying consumers. Be careful. Not all states regulate direct-to-consumer genetic tests. If you do have a genomic profile, make sure you have your results interpreted by a professional who specializes in this type of testing.

 

It’s worth noting that in 2008 the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) was passed into law to protect Americans against discrimination based on their genetic information when it comes to health insurance and employment.