WHAT IS A MTHFR PGx PANEL?
MTHFR is a gene that is found at the end of the human chromosome #1. It codes for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, an enzyme found in the human body that is essential for life. Its primary function is to take inactive folate in the diet or supplements and convert it to the active form of the vitamin, 5-l methylfolate. This activated form helps the body reduce the level of homocysteine by converting it to the amino acid, methionine.
HOW MUCH DOES A MTHFR PGx PANEL COST?
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IS FASTING REQUIRED FOR A MTHFR PGx PANEL ?
No, fasting is not required for this test.
Besides blood clotting problems, various other disorders have been associated with MTHFR mutations. These include neural tube defects (like spina bifida), Alzheimer ’s disease, colon cancer, leukemia, schizophrenia, miscarriages, autism, ADHD, PTSD and more. These are all multi-factorial disorders. Since the majority of individuals with any of these substitutions do not have a clinical picture of any of these disorders, other factors must come into play. A mutation on the MTHFR gene, at most, is only a risk factor and certainly not diagnostic, nor is it considered a screening factor. As a risk factor, a mutation here has a significance for you equivalent to having a family member with Type 1 diabetes. It does increase your chance of developing it, but you are still much more likely not to develop the disorder than to develop the medical condition.
WHY DO I NEED A MTHFR PGx PANEL?
Genetic testing has potential benefits whether the results are positive or negative for a gene mutation. Test results can provide a sense of relief from uncertainty and help people make informed decisions about managing their health care. For example, a negative result can eliminate the need for unnecessary checkups and screening tests in some cases. A positive result can direct a person toward available prevention, monitoring, and treatment options. Some test results can also help people make decisions about having children.
IF I’M GETTING A MTHFR PGx PANEL ARE THERE ANY OTHER TESTS I SHOULD LOOK INTO?
The MTHFR genomic test kit will come with 2 buccal swabs. This test will use the DNA collected from the buccal swabs to test a wide variety of genes that have been identified as having a significant clinical impact.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY TEST RESULTS?
Test results generally takes between 5-7 business days after your sample has been received by the lab.
The results will be reported in a format to make it easy for the patient as well as the patient’s healthcare provider to understand how the results can impact the patient’s response to most of the commonly prescribed medications.