Is Genetic Testing a Good Idea?
Learn more about genetic testing and discover how you can find the best diet and workout plan for your DNA.
It seems like every year, a new diet or workout arises that will help you reach your goals faster than ever. However, have you considered that the latest fad might not be right for your DNA? Genetic testing is one way you can educate yourself about what will work best for you. Plus, it will save you the time and ultimate let-down of trying the one-size-fits-all trends.
Let’s get started!
What is Genetic Testing?
Genetic testing decodes the information in your genes to help you live better. The tests can reveal how your body will uniquely respond to certain medications, what you eat and drink, and how you exercise. Your DNA can reveal what will work specifically for you. In other words, less “one-size-fits-all” advice and more of what’s tailored to fit your body.
Is Genetic Testing Private?
In short, yes, completely. Your genetic data and genetic reports are your property. Any results generated remain strictly confidential and will not be shared with any third parties without your consent. Privacy and data security protocols are fundamental to Wellness Pharmacy and the myDNA technology platform.
Bill S-201, known as the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, expressly prohibits individuals from being forced to disclose the results of any genetic test they have taken or may take in the future. Insurers and employers cannot ask for the results of any genetic tests. You also do not have to disclose any information that you found out as a result of genetic testing to any current or potential employer or insurer. The Canadian Human Rights Code expressly prohibits any form of discrimination based on genetic characteristics. If the privacy of your genetic information was on your list of reasons not to get tested, you can confidently cross it out.
How to Get Started With Genetic Testing
At this point, you might be thinking that genetic testing is a good option for you. But now you’re left wondering, “how do I go about getting tested?”. Lucky for you, Wellness Pharmacy is a proud partner of myDNA and offers genetic testing!
Here’s how to get started:
- Contact us to find a pharmacy location closest to you that offers genetic testing.
- Drop by our pharmacy and discuss with our knowledgeable pharmacists how pharmacogenomic testing can specifically benefit you based on your medical conditions, medications, and diet and exercise goals. You have the option of choosing to test for how your genes code your body to react to medications and/or to test for the best diet and exercise regimen for you based on your genes.
- The pharmacist will then provide you with a cheek swab test and instructions on how to obtain a DNA sample. You can take a cheek swab in our pharmacy or take the test home and follow the directions to mail it for testing.
- You will be contacted when your genetic testing results are available for the pharmacist to discuss in detail with you.
- Together with your pharmacist and your physician, and based on your genetic test results, an action plan is tailor-made for you to ensure you receive the most appropriate medications, meal plans, and fitness plans based on your genes.
- Your genes remain the same throughout your entire life, and your results can be used to optimize both current and future medication considerations and lifestyle goals.
It is as easy as that, and it all starts with contacting your local Wellness Pharmacy.
To sum it all up, if you want to live better, get your genetic testing done and start treating your body the way your DNA has always wanted you to. Scrap the one-size-fits-all diets and start getting tailored-to-you nutritional and fitness guides from certified professionals.
In addition to this, genetic testing can help educate you on which medications will work best for you based on your genes now and in the future. All while keeping your lifestyle goals in mind. Don’t wait to start; contact us today to find out if this service is right for you.
Please keep in mind that there is a cost associated with genetic testing. If you would like more details, please give us a call and speak with one of our Pharmacists.
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