What should I pay attention to when choosing for genetic testing?
Regardless of whether you're taking advantage of our genetic testing or that of another provider, there are some questions you ought to clarify ahead of time in order to protect yourself from unnecessary or frivolous genetic testing offers. Pre-Genetic Counseling session is suggested. For this purpose, please read the following questions closely.
Are all relevant genes tested?
This is one of the most important points. In clinical routine, it is quite common to start with a small genetic analysis and initially test only a single gene for defects. In some cases only a single gene is tested altogether, despite the fact that there are other risk genes, which may have a defect. The validity of genetic tests is limited in such cases, due to the fact that the absence of a defect in a particular gene does not indicate that there are no defects in another gene associated with the disease.
Does the gene exhibit a defect frequently enough to justify a genetic test?
This is an important point, which is often ignored. Some genes are defective so rarely, that a genetic test simply cannot be justified. An example is the inherited fructose intolerance. About one in 20,000 people exhibit a defect in the relevant gene. Therefore, only about every twenty thousandth genetic test is reasonable. These vendors sell these tests and make a profit, but practically nobody is helped as a result. We took this fact into account when we compiled our genetic tests.
You have an increased risk of disease ... - what now?
Many genetic test providers focus on the detection of disease-causing genetic defects, but the scope of their services usually ends at this point. Ensure that you will also receive a prevention program to help prevent the disease should an increased disease risk be detected. This aspect is strongly emphasized in the finished gene analysis reports.
Are there effective preventive measures for the disease?
Be wary of genetic tests, which test for diseases for which there are no effective preventive or treatment measures. In this case, the knowledge of a genetic risk is a mental load which can not be countered with preventive measures. Although this knowledge could be of interest to some people, the benefits are very limited. We have no such gene analysis in our program and only offer genetic tests for which an effective prophylaxis is available in case of a defect.
Were the tested genes sufficiently scientifically validated?
Some genes have not yet been sufficiently scientifically validated to allow for a clear confirmation regarding the interaction of a gene and a disease. Therefore, we only include those genes in the program, which have repeatedly been identified as risk genes in large scientific studies.
Is your data safe?
Data security is an important issue in this area. Ensure that data security measures are observed and that no one else has access to your analysis results. We take stringent data protection measures to ensure the highest security for your data.
Should I have my genes tested regularly?
No. Your genes remain unchanged from the time of your birth until the end of your life, so it makes no sense to retest a gene that has previously been tested, as you would just get the same result. This also means that your hereditary disease risk will remain the same throughout your entire life. You do however have an influence on your health, because you can significantly reduce your individual risk of illness by means of preventive measures.
Do I want to even know my disease risk at all?
That's a fair question, and in some genetic tests we think that it makes no sense to know about your risk, particularly in cases in which you cannot influence it preventive measures. Finding out that you carry such a genetic defect has no benefit in terms of health protection and is merely a psychological burden. That is why we have only included genes in our program, which significantly increase a potential disease risk, but for which the outbreak or the worsening of the disease can most likely be prevented by means of precautionary measures. These are the only genetic tests which make sense with regard to health protection and represent a real benefit.
Are the precautionary measures not just general health proposals?
In cases in which the recommended precautionary measures are advice like "Stop smoking and eat a healthy diet!", it makes no sense to test genetic defects because this advice applies to each and every person should therefore be recommended to everyone. This is why our genetic tests focus on diseases for which preventive measures exceed the general health advice and include measures specific to the prevention of the relevant disease. A good example is the iron storage disease in which, among others, regular blood donation can prevent the increase in body iron and thus an often fatal disease. This is a simple and effective preventive measure, one only needs to be aware of his personal risk and the precautionary measures to be able to use apply them.
Are genetic defects not too rare in order to get tested?
Some genes are rarely defective and therefore only lead to an increased risk of disease in very few cases. The fructose-Gen is a good example because it is only defective in one out of 20,000 people and leads to fructose intolerance. Offering this genetic test to the masses would not make sense, since so 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. These genetic tests include, among others, lactose intolerance, which, for example, concern every 4th-6th population.
Can I have my genetic defects corrected?
According to the current state of scientific knowledge, it is not possible or allowed to interfere with the genes of a human being and to correct defects. Unfortunately, the identification of genetic defects and the precautionary measures that mitigate or neutralize the effects of the defect are therefore our only options at this time.
Do I need to be afraid of the results?
No. Every person carries an estimated 2,000 genetic defects which adversely affect his or her health. To have genetic defects is therefore quite common and almost every person is genetically predisposed to some disease. You will also receive an effective prevention program with any genetic test, which helps to prevent the disease. The knowledge of genetic risks helps you protect your health and prevents you from triggering diseases by ignorance and a wrong lifestyle.
How secure is my data?
Data security is particularly important in the field of genetic analyses and has our highest priority. Therefore, we have integrated numerous security measures into our processes to ensure data security. Your identity will, for example, be kept separate from the analysis results and only combined with the results immediately prior to sending you the report under competent supervision.