The Akasha Center

Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing  

At The Akasha Center in Santa Monica, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized genetic testing services to our patients.  Our team of medical professionals understands that each individual’s genetic makeup is unique. As such, we take a personalized approach to genetic testing, ensuring that the tests you undergo are tailored to your specific health concerns and medical history. Our goal is to empower you with knowledge about your genetics that can lead to informed decisions about your health and lifestyle.

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Take Control of Your Health Through Genetic Insights

Prior to any genetic testing, our patients undergo a thorough consultation with one of our experienced healthcare professionals. During this consultation, we discuss your health history, personal goals, and any concerns you may have. We also provide detailed information about the testing process, what to expect, and how to interpret the results.

Following the receipt of your genetic test results, we offer comprehensive support and guidance. Our team will help you understand your results and what they mean for your health. We also provide personalized recommendations based on your genetic information, which may include lifestyle changes, preventive measures, or further medical testing.


Genetic Testing Services 

Predictive Genetic Testing 

This type of testing is used to detect gene mutations that might increase the risk of developing certain diseases or conditions in the future. It can provide crucial information for making informed decisions about your health care.

Carrier Testing

 Ideal for individuals considering starting a family, carrier testing can determine whether you carry a gene for a specific inherited disorder. This information can be invaluable in family planning and understanding the risk of passing on genetic conditions.

Pharmacogenomics

This innovative testing helps predict how your body will respond to certain medications based on your genetic makeup. It can be instrumental in optimizing medication selection and dosage, reducing the risk of adverse reactions.

Nutrigenomics: Understanding how your genes affect your body’s response to nutrients can guide personalized nutrition plans and lifestyle changes that promote optimal health.

Contact Us For More Information

If you are interested in learning more about our genetic testing services or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us at The Akasha Center in Santa Monica. Our team is here to provide you with the information and support you need to take control of your health through genetic insights.

Privacy and Confidentiality

At The Akasha Center, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of privacy and confidentiality. All genetic testing is conducted in a secure and private manner, and your test results are shared only with you and your designated healthcare professionals.

 

Genetic Testing Services FAQs

 

What is genetic testing, and how does it work?

Genetic testing involves analyzing your DNA, the chemical database that carries instructions for your body’s functions. It can reveal changes (mutations) in your genes that may cause illness or disease. The procedure typically involves providing a sample of blood, hair, skin, amniotic fluid, or other tissue which is then sent to a laboratory for analysis.

What types of genetic tests are available at The Akasha Center?

At The Akasha Center, we offer a range of genetic testing services, including but not limited to, predictive and presymptomatic testing, carrier testing, pharmacogenomics (how genes affect your response to drugs), prenatal testing, newborn screening, and whole-exome or whole-genome sequencing. Our medical professionals can help determine which type of genetic test is most appropriate for your situation.

Who should consider genetic testing?

Individuals with a family history of certain diseases, couples planning to start a family, parents who want to check for genetic disorders in their newborns, and anyone interested in learning about their genetic predisposition to certain conditions may consider genetic testing. It’s also recommended for individuals undergoing certain medical treatments that may be influenced by genetic factors.

How can I prepare for genetic testing?

Preparation for genetic testing may involve gathering your family’s health history, discussing your options with a genetic counselor or medical professional, and understanding the potential outcomes and decisions that may result from the test. No special physical preparation, like fasting, is usually required unless specifically instructed.

What can I expect from the results?

Genetic test results can provide a clear diagnosis, help determine your chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder, or suggest changes to your healthcare. Results can also be inconclusive or uncertain, which would be discussed in detail with your healthcare provider.

Is genetic testing covered by insurance?

Coverage varies by insurance provider and policy. It’s important to check with your insurance company to understand what may be covered and any out-of-pocket costs you may incur.

What are the potential risks and limitations of genetic testing?

While genetic testing can provide valuable information, it also has limitations. Not all genetic mutations are known or can be tested for. Results may also lead to emotional, social, or financial consequences. Discussing these potential outcomes with a healthcare professional can help you make informed decisions.

How is my privacy protected when I undergo genetic testing?

The Akasha Center adheres to strict confidentiality and privacy standards. Genetic information is protected under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which prevents discrimination in employment and health insurance based on genetic information. Your results are shared only with authorized healthcare professionals and with your consent.

 

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