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Answering your questions about genetics and your health | Genes in Life

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  2. 2. Genes in LifeGenes in Life is a place to learn about all the ways genetics isa part of your life. On this site you will learn: How genetics affects you How genetics affects your family Why you should talk to your healthcare providers about genetics How to get involved in genetics research …and more!The goal of Genes in Life is to answer your questions aboutgenetics. If we cannot answer them, we will show you whereto go to get the answers you need from other places. Whetheryou want information on a specific genetic condition or justwant to know how genes work, this is the website for you.
  3. 3. Importance of Genetics on HealthGenetics helps to explain: What makes you unique, or one of a kind Why family members look alike Why some diseases run in familiesFamily members share genes, habits, lifestyles, and surroundings.These things can affect health and the risk for illness. Most peoplehave a relative with a chronic disease – such as cancer, heartdisease, or diabetes – or a health condition such as highcholesterol. If you have a close family member with a chronicdisease, you may be more likely to get that disease.Taking time to learn about the diseases that run in your family isworth it! It will help you understand your own health and makehealthy choices.
  4. 4. Genes and Your HealthGenetics helps to explain what makes you unique (one of akind), why family members look alike, and why some diseasesrun in families. Taking time to learn about it all is worth it! It willhelp you understand your own health and make healthychoices.
  5. 5. Genes and Your Health Why is genetics important to my health? How do genes impact health and disease? How can knowing my family history help me stay healthy? How do I collect my family history? How can my choices affect my health? Why should I bring this information to my healthcare provider? What are the chances my child will inherit a condition?
  6. 6. Testing & ServicesGenetic testing can sometimes help you learn more about yourhealth. There are several different kinds of genetic testing thatyou can get at different stages of your life. Certain healthcareproviders can help you make decisions about testing based onyour health and what you want to learn. It is important to thinkabout what these tests can and cannot tell you about yourhealth before making any decisions.
  7. 7. After Diagnosis If you or a family member is diagnosed with a genetic condition, it can seem overwhelming. There are many things to think about and people that can help you through the process. The steps below can help you get the information and support you need. Take these steps in any order.  Find information and support  Talk to your healthcare provider  Talk to your family  Plan for the future  Insurance and financial planning  Transition for children
  8. 8. Testing & Services Testing for genetic conditions  Carrier screening  Diagnostic testing  Direct-to-consumer genetic testing  Newborn screening  Pharmacogenomic testing  Predictive testing  Pregnancy related screening Working with healthcare professionals  Geneticists  Genetic counselors  Primary care providers  Specialists
  9. 9. ResearchGenetics research can tell us more about how our geneswork. Scientists who do genetics research want to usewhat they learn to improve human health. Forexample, genetics research may bring us new drugs orother treatments for disease. Before this canhappen, genetics researchers must do experiments. Basic science research Research in people Registries and biobanks Clinical trials
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