Covering the whole genome allows us to properly investigate complex conditions. For instance, for Type 2 diabetes, we look at several million genetic markers. Other approaches that only look at a tiny subset of your genome cannot undertake such detailed analysis. We’ll let you be the judge of which approach is more likely to help you manage your health.
Research in genetics is continually evolving, so while the genome won’t change, we can ask more questions about it all the time. Consequently, we can re-look at your genome sequence in light of new research.
No, we are not a diagnostic genetic testing provider. While our analysis has many aspects in common with tests you may encounter in a diagnostic setting, our approach is aimed at better understanding risks, and being preventative rather than diagnosing specific conditions.
Further, our view is that genetics should not be used on its own in this context, but rather, like many tests ordered by a clinician, the analysis should be seen as providing more information about a person that should be used as part of a full work-up to help better manage healthcare and promote wellness.
It is possible, though unlikely, that you may find something unexpected in the genetic analysis, either about a potential health condition or maybe about your ancestry. We will never leave you alone with your genetic analysis results, but rather we have properly qualified specialists to work with you every step of the way. If something unexpected comes up, we’ll worth through it together.
At Uniquely Health, we care about you being informed and comfortable with your decisions. Before ordering a genetic test, one of our clinicians will go through an informed consent process with you, where you will have the opportunity to understand the benefits and risks of information you may find out, along with the chance to opt out of receiving certain information from your analysis. If there is anything you don’t want to know about, please let us know at this point of the process, and we’ll be sure to respect your wishes.
We work with independent labs that are registered with the Care Quality Commission.
Every testing process has a range of accuracy and isn’t perfect. By collecting your sample properly, your results should be able to minimise the chance of being unreliable. Our labs are equipped to analyse finger-prick blood samples. We always avoid drawing conclusions too quickly, and we always make sure you’re working with the right specialists to understand your results in the correct context.
Once your blood sample has been analysed, one of our doctors will review your results and work with the clinician team to start creating a personalised health plan for you. They will then invite you to a call where you can discuss together your results and actions to improve your health and wellbeing.
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