If you could have your DNA tested and find out what disease you might be susceptible to,would you? And if you did what would you do with your findings?
Would you change your diet,exercise more,seek more medical testing and care,to allow you to help avoid or decrease your chances of getting said diseases?
Today in The Telegram and Gazette,reports of a study done in New York found that most people did nothing to change their chances of getting the diseases they showed tendencies toward getting in the future
Companies have offered "direct too consumer" genetic testing for several years now by doing saliva samplings,they analyse the data and deliver a report for a series of diseases.
The study surveyed the reaction of about 2,000 customers about 5 months after the test results.
The test covered 22 conditions,including Alzheimer's disease,diabetes,glaucoma,obesity,lung and prostate cancer.
And although participants showed no anxiety about their test results,they also did not cut down on fat in their diets,nor did they boost their exercise.
Researchers also asked the participants about getting followed up medical test for conditions highlighted by their DNA reports.
Only about half the participants said they'd seek medical testing in the future because of these results.
Those that had a result for breast or colon cancer were encouraged to say they wanted to get tested for these diseases someday,but researchers were not sure if participants would really follow through the necessary test in the future.
Although many of these DNA test are not always accurate with their results it can be very helpful for those who fear certain diseases and are willing to take the test to understand what their tendencies are.
Now weather or not they choose to do anything about it is up to the individual,but these results do not seem all that promising of patients doing preventative things to help ward off what could be their future illnesses.