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Health & Medicine If you were genetically predisposed for incurable disease, would you want to know?

Discussion in 'Natural Sciences' started by Indian Summer, Aug 28, 2017.

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  1. Indian Summer

    Indian Summer Administrator Owner

    Let's say you had done one of those DNA tests to learn about your ancestry, would you also want to learn about your risk for genetically determined incurable diseases? (I'm asking because I'm interested in doing one of those ancestry tests myself.)

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  2. beancounter

    beancounter The Fire That Burns Within Forum Moderator

    If it's incurable, I'd say there is no point in knowing. Knowing only matters if you can do something directly about it.

    The best thing you can do is plan way ahead for your inevitable death (everyone eventually dies). In other words, as soon as you get your first job out of college, sign up for the maximum life insurance you can afford, making your family the beneficiary.

    That way, your untimely death won't impact you loved ones financially.
     
  3. Andy_T

    Andy_T Addicted Poster Forum Moderator

    Location:
    Hannover, Germany
    How can you be sure it's incurable?

    Yes, it might be considered incurable by today's standard of medicine, but that might not necessarily mean there are no ways at all to make your situation better, if you know about it in time...
     
  4. Mikkel

    Mikkel Addicted Poster

    Location:
    Norway
    As long as I can't prevent it with changes in my lifestyle, I don't want to know. If I can prevent it or lower the risk a lot with changes in my lifestyle, then I would like to know.

    I have a incurable illness. My EoE. Perhaps it will come a cure in the future, perhaps not. Some cases it can be herritaged down to children, some cases not. A very few cases it can be deadly (if it goes to your lungs and heart), but most likely not for me as I was grown up when it first hit hard. I don't want to know if I will loose my ability to eat and drink in the future example.
     
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