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Brought to you by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Genetic Counselors and You answers your genetic health questions, by genetic counselors. For more information about genetic counselors, including who they are and why you might see one, visit aboutgeneticcounselors.com.

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Brought to you by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Genetic Counselors and You answers your genetic health questions, by genetic counselors. For more information about genetic counselors, including who they are and why you might see one, visit aboutgeneticcounselors.com.

    How Does Family History Impact My Risk for Diabetes?

    How Does Family History Impact My Risk for Diabetes?

    The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimated last year that around 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes. And since November is a time when we often get together with relatives, some of you may be wondering, “How worried should I be about Diabetes based on my family history?” This episode will help to answer some of those questions.
    In this episode, we invited Dr. Toni Pollin to share her thoughts. Dr. Pollin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition and in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she also leads a PhD/MS Track in Human Genetics.  She is a board-certified genetic counselor and has a PhD in human genetics.  For over 20 years, she has studied the genetic factors and their interaction with lifestyle, pharmaceutical, and environmental factors in  type 2 diabetes and related cardiometabolic traits as well as conducted translational studies in how to identify, diagnosed, and promote individualized therapy for highly genetic diabetes subtypes known as monogenic diabetes.  Her work has been funded by the American Heart Association and several NIH institutes, and she has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

    • 22 min
    Do My Genes Impact my Risk for Prostate Cancer?

    Do My Genes Impact my Risk for Prostate Cancer?

    According to the American Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.  In fact, 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. (ACS) What factors increase my risk for prostate cancer? Family history? What can I do?

    • 17 min
    My Nutrition, My Genes

    My Nutrition, My Genes

    With areas opening back up across the country and world, many are looking forward to going outside during the summer. After being stuck at home during lockdown, many might be thinking more about their “summer body” and wondering whether a DNA test can optimize their nutritional health.

    • 18 min
    How genetics and the COVID-19 pandemic impact Mental Health

    How genetics and the COVID-19 pandemic impact Mental Health

    The COVID-19 pandemic, racial uprisings, and the resulting economic recession have impacted many people’s mental health. One study suggests that ~4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, up from ~1 in 10 adults before the pandemic (https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/the-implications-of-covid-19-for-mental-health-and-substance-use/). How do genetic and environmental factors impact our mental health? What should we do to maintain our mental health, especially during this time? In this episode, we invited Ramona Moldovan PhD, a genetic counselor and clinical psychologist, to share her thoughts in honor of  mental health awareness month.
    For more information on the topics discussed in this episode, visit https://www.aboutgeneticcounselors.org/ and the following webpages:
    Family Ties: The Impact of Genetics on Your Mental Health

    • 31 min
    A Genetics Expert Helps Us Make Sense of COVID-19 Vaccines

    A Genetics Expert Helps Us Make Sense of COVID-19 Vaccines

    Information about the COVID-19 vaccines is rapidly emerging. Suddenly, we’re hearing terms like mRNA and DNA everywhere. For some of us, we haven’t thought about these concepts since high school biology… and now we have to make health decisions based on these concepts, which brings up questions. How exactly do these COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work? How risky are they, and can they change our DNA? In this episode we speak to a genetic counselor, a specialist in genetics, to make sense of what’s going on around us. As always, we suggest ways help you navigate and apply things in your life. 
     
    For more information on the topics discussed in this episode, visit https://www.aboutgeneticcounselors.org/ and the following webpages:
     “COVID-19 Vaccines Can’t Alter Your DNA, Here’s Why” by Victoria Forster in Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2021/01/11/covid-19-vaccines-cant-alter-your-dna-heres-why/?sh=26ff7a3d2491 “How Do the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Work?” by Ellen Matloff in Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenmatloff/2020/11/21/the-covid-19-vaccines-that-genomics-built/?sh=152d6a075cdb  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Understanding mRNA Vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html   You can reach special guest, Lydia Higgs at: lkhiggs@carilionclinic.org 

    • 27 min
    Demystifying Insurance to Unlock Genetic Counseling and Genetic Testing Opportunities

    Demystifying Insurance to Unlock Genetic Counseling and Genetic Testing Opportunities

    In honor of Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, we hope this episode helps you learn new ways to access genetic counseling services as we tackle a complex topic with an expert genetic counselor.
    Health insurance can be complex. How do you know if something is or isn’t covered in your plan? And what if you don’t have insurance? This can make decisions about your health, which may include genetic testing and genetic counseling, even harder to figure out. It might make some of us avoid genetic testing or genetic counseling altogether, if we have a choice. But is that the right thing to do? In this episode, we speak to Heather L. Shappell, MS, CGC, a genetic counselor with expertise in this area, to help demystify insurance as it pertains to genetic testing and genetic counseling.
    For more information on the topics discussed in this episode, visit aboutgeneticcounselors.org and the following webpages:
    Does Insurance Cover Genetic Counseling and Testing? Protecting Your Privacy (about genetic discrimination)  Coverage and Reimbursement of Genetic Tests from National Human Genome Research Institute

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

listenstobookswhileknitting ,

Great introduction to the field of genetic counseling

Congratulations on a great first podcast- so much information to cover, and you did a nice job. When talking about ancestry genetic testing, I believe you missed an opportunity to discuss the limitations of some of the health screens that are included in these tests. Hopefully this will be addressed in a future podcast. Thank you for providing this valuable resource!

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