Genetic Testing

Barrick Family Practice

Steven Barrick, DO

Family Practice & Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine located in Colorado Springs, CO

Genetic testing can not only identify hereditary diseases before they make you sick, but it can also ensure you get the safest, most effective medication for your condition. Board-certified family physician Steven Barrick, DO, of Barrick Family Practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado, uses state-of-the-art genetic testing services from ActX to provide you with medications tailored to your genetic profile. Find out more about the benefits of genetic testing by calling Barrick Family Practice today or schedule an appointment using the online form.

Genetic Testing Q & A

What is genetic testing?

There are many kinds of genetic tests for all sorts of different purposes. Barrick Family Practice uses ActX genetic testing to help personalize your medical care to suit your genetic profile.

Genes consist of long strings of nucleotides (molecules) called DNA. The order of the nucleotides in your DNA is what makes you who you are, in biological terms. 

You share most of your DNA with every other person on the planet – around 99.9% of your DNA is exactly the same as everyone else’s.

What makes you different is the little bit of DNA that’s left. This is what determines your eye and hair color and all the other things about you that make you unique. This DNA is a combination of little packages of information called chromosomes that come from your parents.

Genetic testing can isolate the differences in your DNA that have an impact on your health, like hereditary diseases and pharmacogenomics.

What are hereditary diseases?

You inherit hereditary diseases from your parents or other ancestors through the DNA they pass on to you. Certain genes make you more liable to develop a disease like diabetes or cancer. In rarer cases, your genes put you at a very high risk of developing a specific disease.

Knowing whether you have any of these genes means you can take steps to reduce other risk factors. For instance, if there’s a family history of diabetes or heart disease, you can lead a healthy lifestyle and have regular checkups.

Knowing about any genes you carry for certain diseases is also invaluable if you’re thinking of starting a family. You can make an informed choice about having children based on the risk factors determined by genetic testing.

What is pharmacogenomics?

Pharmacogenomics uses genetic testing to find out how your body is likely to react to certain medications.

All medications carry the risk of causing side effects, and sometimes side effects can be serious. You can also have an allergy to certain medications – penicillin is a common example.

Genetic testing can identify which medications are likely to cause serious side effects. It can also help Dr. Barrick select the medications that are most likely to be of benefit to you. 

The ActX medical-scientific team constantly analyzes newly published information and updates the ActX KnowledgeBase. They frequently re-analyze and update your genomic profile and send Dr. Barrick alerts about important changes.

Find out more about the benefits of genetic testing by calling Barrick Family Practice today or book an appointment online.