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Why is genetic information important to your child?

43852671_S.jpgSome Kansas fathers may be pondering whether legally establishing their paternity is a good idea. If you are in this position, you should know that having the state recognize your parentage gives your child access to information about your family's genetic history. If your child can learn about your genetic background, your child will be better informed to make crucial life decisions.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information website explains that genetic information reveals the kinds of diseases and health conditions that run in a person's family. If your child has access to this information, he or she can learn about possible risks of developing a certain ailment, such as type 2 diabetes or a form of cancer. Also, your offspring may understand what kinds of diseases their own children may be at risk of.

Your child also stands a chance of avoiding diseases that your family is prone to developing by making important lifestyle decisions. Although your child cannot alter his or her genes, it is possible to eat healthier or move to a different environment and decrease the risk of developing a disease or condition. Your child can also seek the counsel of doctors or medical professionals to learn more about possibly preventing a disease through medication or regular screenings.

Your child could also use this information when it comes time to seek medical treatment. If a doctor knows what sorts of ailments run in your family, the doctor may alter the treatment if it runs the risk of triggering a hereditary condition. Overall, your child's doctor may be able to devise a more effective treatment if the doctor understands your family's medical history.

This article is written only to educate readers on the topic of paternity. It is not intended to provide any legal advice.

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