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How Does Genetic Screening Work?

Genetic screening is a medical test that involves examining your DNA and identifies changes in your genes. Genetic screening can help you make informed health decisions, but how does genetic screening work?

What is Genetic Screening?

A genetic test is a medical procedure that identifies changes in your genes, chromosomes, and proteins. A genetic test is a way to determine your chances of developing certain diseases by examining the genes in your body. 

Genetic screening is usually done using blood or saliva samples but sometimes requires an operation where doctors take some cells from inside one’s cheek.

How Does Genetic Screening Work?

A genetic test is performed on a sample of blood, hair, or skin. The technician looks for specific changes in chromosomes, DNA, and proteins that may indicate an illness.

What are the Types of Genetic Screening?

There are several types of genetic screening, including:

  • Diagnostic testing
  • Predictive testing
  • Carrier testing
  • Newborn screening
  • Preimplantation testing
  • Pharmacogenetics 

What are the Benefits of Genetic Screening?

Genetic screening offers several benefits, including:

  • Providing accurate diagnosis and eliminating the need for several checkups
  • Helping your doctor choose the most suitable therapy for you
  • Offering relief concerning your health uncertainties 
  • Newborn screening can help you identity disorders in your baby’s health and begin treatments as soon as possible
  • Helping you make informed decisions about your medical future 

Is Genetic Screening Safe?

Genetic tests are safe with minimal to no physical risks. 

Take the Next Step

Want to learn more about genetic screening? Kindly schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug Cutler and his team of expert naturopathic providers. Call us at (248) 663-0165 today! Cutler Integrative Medicine is dedicated to your health and wellbeing.

Cutler Integrative Medicine is a premier award-winning wellness clinic that provides patients with unparalleled individualized naturopathic healthcare. Dr. Doug Cutler is a national expert in Naturopathic medicine and has the highest training in his field, as well as in Environmental Medicine, IV Nutrient Therapy, and Detoxification. 

 

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