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Diabetes Notes on the deCODE T2 Diabetes Risk Gene Test

Posted Nov 19 2009 10:02pm

A new review of the deCODE T2 test for diabetes risk is in — from someone who is a blogger and a nurse, and has type 2 diabetes. Kendra James over at Diabetes Notes talks about both the test and her experience testing through my company. So, I was a bit nervous when a friend emailed me the post.

The good news (for me, as content director):

DNA direct sent me a little email hello to let me know my results were ready, and I just clicked the mouse, logged in and yee-ha, there they were. DNA direct explains the test results in depth and provides many resources to better understand them. They even offer a letter that can be printed out and taken to your doctor. How cool.

They also have a whole team of geneticists and specialists that can provide support and guidance for each individual “tester”. There is a plethra of websites and phone numbers that are also offered to all those that choose to complete deCode’s T2 risk marker test.

The debate (which Hsien and others have echoed):

And that brings me to the only real negative in the whole testing process. Because the deCode T2 Risk factor test is a choice and not a necessary, the cost is $500. You really could argue either way. “Isn’t $500 worth knowing your future and how to prevent diabetes?” The other… “Why pay $500 to find out that you might be at risk. Just eat right and exercise, and that’s all you can do!”

Kendra asks: Would you be interested in taking the test? I’m curious too, so go over to Diabetes Notes and weigh in!

This entry was posted on Monday, June 11th, 2007 at 11:21 am and is filed under Diabetes, Genetic Testing. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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