The arrival of a new baby is generally a happy and joyful occasion, but in some situations the decision to become a parent can bring with it a number of worries or uncertainties.
Some conditions are inherited and if there is a history of serious illnesses in either parent’s family it can be helpful to be prepared for possibilities when considering having a child. Similarly if the intention is to use general surrogacy where a couple is unable to have a child themselves it may be important to use DNA genetics diagnosis to find out more about the potential risks the child may face.
DNA disease diagnostics can establish whether either parent is carrying a genetic mutation that predisposes to specific conditions or diseases. The test is successful at identifying DNA markers associated with diseases or conditions.
Sometimes it will be a combination of parental genes that may influence whether a condition is likely to emerge or not in their child.
Conditions DNA testing can identify possible vulnerabilities can include age related macular degeneration, which can lead to loss of vision in the central part of the eye in older people, Alzheimer’s, also an age-related condition.
It can also be useful for identifying a genetic predisposition to various forms of cancer, heart disease and diabetes and osteoarthritis.
Most of these illnesses tend to develop in the later stages of life and with a DNA disease diagnosis it may be possible to develop a healthier lifestyle earlier in life to minimise the risks of contracting some of them.
Other conditions whose potential for development may be identified through genetic testing and are not age-related include migraine, obesity, lupus and multiple sclerosis.
The DNA test may be an accurate picture of a person’s vulnerability to conditions but it provides information of possibilities and risks only. It will not be possible to predict whether a condition will actually emerge nor is it either a treatment or a cure and those performing the tests will not be able to offer these services.
Therefore a couple contemplating having DNA genetic testing should also talk through any medical issues they are worried about with their doctor.
Lifestyle and diet also play a part in the development of many conditions and therefore the doctor will be better able to advise parents about any precautions they should take to help their child remain as healthy as possible as they grow up and to live a healthy lifestyle.
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