Title: Answering your questions about genetics and your health | Genes in Life
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Genes in Life is a place to learn about all the ways genetics is a 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
The goal of Genes in Life is to answer your questions about genetics. If we cannot answer them we will show you where to go to get the answers you need from other places. Whether you want information on a specific genetic condition or just want to know how genes work this is the website for you.
3 Importance of Genetics on Health
Genetics helps to explain
What makes you unique or one of a kind
Why family members look alike
Why some diseases run in families
Family members share genes habits lifestyles and surroundings. These things can affect health and the risk for illness. Most people have a relative with a chronic disease such as cancer heart disease or diabetes or a health condition such as high cholesterol. If you have a close family member with a chronic disease you may be more likely to get that disease.
Taking time to learn about the diseases that run in your family is worth it! It will help you understand your own health and make healthy choices.
4 Genes and Your Health Genetics helps to explain what makes you unique (one of a kind) why family members look alike and why some diseases run in families. Taking time to learn about it all is worth it! It will help you understand your own health and make healthy choices. 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 Testing Services Genetic testing can sometimes help you learn more about your health. There are several different kinds of genetic testing that you can get at different stages of your life. Certain healthcare providers can help you make decisions about testing based on your health and what you want to learn. It is important to think about what these tests can and cannot tell you about your health before making any decisions. 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 Testing Services
Testing for genetic conditions
Direct-to-consumer genetic testing
Pregnancy related screening
Working with healthcare professionals
Primary care providers
Genetics research can tell us more about how our genes work. Scientists who do genetics research want to use what they learn to improve human health. For example genetics research may bring us new drugs or other treatments for disease. Before this can happen genetics researchers must do experiments.
Basic science research
Research in people
Registries and biobanks
10 Thank You !
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