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Can chromosomal genetic disorders be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Some chromosomal disorders can be prevented. A couple can receive genetic counseling before conceiving a child. This type of counseling can help determine if either would-be parent is a carrier of a chromosomal genetic disorder. Taking folic acid and other supplements may also help prevent certain chromosomal disorders from occurring. Additionally, maternal age plays a role in the chances of having a child with chromosomal disorders. The older a woman is when she has a child, the higher the risk of chromosomal disorders.

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