Genetic Testing

Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center

Integrative & Functional Medicine & Lifestyle Preventative Medicine located in Ann Arbor, MI

Genetic testing can alert you to gene mutations like MTHFR, which can play a role in chronic pain conditions, pulmonary problems, mood disorders, and many other serious conditions. At Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the team can perform custom genetic testing to help you recognize potential health issues before they have the chance to develop. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

Genetic Testing Q & A

What is genetic testing?

In genetic testing, your doctors at Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center do a series of laboratory tests to analyze your genes. Genetic testing is a highly effective tool for identifying potential health issues. It's also helpful for determining the appropriate course of treatment for illnesses or checking how your body is processing treatment. There are more than 2000 different genetic tests available today.

What is nutrigenomics?

Nutrigenomics studies how your genes and nutrients interact, and more specifically, how nutrients and other compounds in food can affect the expression of genes that regulate important metabolic activities in the body. Through nutrigenomics, you can optimize your nutrition according to your specific genotype in order to promote health, which is at the heart of the Precision Medicine approach at Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center.

In order to obtain your sample, nutrigenomics testing at the center uses Q-tip cell collection, which is a cheek swab, blood spot, or saliva sample. It typically takes about seven weeks to get back the report with your test results.

What are the kinds of genetic testing?

The general categories of genetic testing include:

  • Diagnostic: can determine what's making you sick
  • Predictive: can identify gene mutations like MTHFR that contribute to altered methylation systems
  • Carrier: determines if you have the genetic tendency for a condition, even though you may not have it yet

 

Your Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center team is there to support you through all aspects of the testing, so that you'll have the best possible understanding of your body and what changes are needed to promote wellness.

Why should I get genetic testing?

Genetic testing can give you peace of mind. Not knowing whether you have certain genetic mutations is always worse than knowing. If you carry a mutation, you can take proactive measures right now to protect your health.

In some cases, the results of your genetic testing may be something to share with other members of your family, since you share DNA and therefore susceptibility to certain metabolic issues or diseases.

Overall, genetic testing is an excellent way to get information that will allow you to take control of your health and your life. With your doctor's support, it can be an incredibly useful tool.

Schedule your consultation at Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center via the online scheduling feature or by phone.


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