People are curious how the past may influence their future health
Self-administered DNA genetic testing kits, such as 23andMe® or AncestryDNA®, are gaining in popularity — but they may lead to more questions than answers if you discover a relative with Parkinson’s disease (PD), which can be passed on genetically.
If you do receive a commercial DNA testing result that reveals the potential for a Parkinson’s disease-linked gene or if you have a known first-degree family history of Parkinson’s disease, free genetic counseling is available at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Following genetic testing at Ohio State, your results will be interpreted by trained genetic counselors, and we’ll also complete a comprehensive review of your medical and family history to more clearly pinpoint your PD risk factors. It’s powerful knowledge that you can use to guide future health care decisions for yourself and your family.
Proactive Peace of Mind
Knowing your genetic risk can provide tremendous peace of mind or serve as a powerful starting point to understand why you have or might develop Parkinson’s disease and what complications you may face in the future so you can adopt a proactive mindset.