People do genetic testing with all sorts of questions on their minds, but one of the most complicated is: what does tomorrowhold?

What we know now?

Our DNA plays a significant role in determining who we are, including how our bodies work. To some extent, we’re all at higher risk for some health conditions than others depending on the genes we have.

How your genes affect your health?

The most straightforward way people’s DNA can affect their health is through genetic conditions or rare disease like anemia or any other rare diseases, which are for the most discovered at a young age.

Whether or not someone has these conditions, itis purely determined by whether or not they inherit a defective copy of a specific gene. However those rare mutation that represent the very end of the tail.

When it comes to the deceases that represent the first cause of death they are mostly preventable.

How can we prevent common health conditions like heart disease and cancer?

One of the fundamental rule to know is thatyour genes are not your fate, when you can have gene variation that put you at higher risk to develop certain diseases.  It does not doom you in developing it!.

The development of these conditions has to do with a number of environmental factors.

For example, we know that high-cholesterol diets increase people’s risks for heart disease.

What's your risks?

However this is more of a true statement for people who have certain gene variation that makes High Cholesterol diet even more of a danger.

Here the High cholesterol diet can be thought of an environmental factor for heart disease.

These are people with more genetic risk factors associated with certain condition, please refer to the 7 keys of wellness here to find out more about what genes interact with what key are of your health.

Certain gene variants makes it more likely to develop a disease if there is a mismatch between the diet, environmental factor and lifestyle.

The key is to this is why it is important to fine tune our diet, lifestyle and environment to our genotype to re balance the dialogue between our environment and the expression of our genes.

The domino effect

As discussed earlier, someone’s genetic predisposition to a given disease involves many different genes working together. Each gene has a relatively small effect because so many other genes are also in play, but in combination all these genes increase or decrease risk for a certain disease.

In some cases, a single genetic change can significantly change how likely someone is to end up with a given health condition. Some examples are:

The APOE gene. People with two copies of a certain variant are 15 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Some of the recommendation to readjust the dialogue this gene would be :

  • Strictly limit saturated fat to less than 7% of total calories
  • Increase antioxidant rich food

The MTHFR gene, where mutations can dramatically alter one’s odds of developing certain type of cancer

 Some of the recommendation to readjust the dialogue this gene would be :

  • Increase rich folic acid food ( leafy greens ) Intake
  • Have an active outdoor lifestyle to promote Vit D intake

The FTO gene, which has a large effect on Bodyfat and obesity

Some of the recommendation to readjust the dialogue this gene would be :

  • Strictly reduce high glycemic food intake
  • Practice mindful eating
  • High intensity Exercise at least 4-5 times a week.

Preventive action for sustainable results

Although these are the largest known genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s, some cancerand obesity respectively, there are many other genetic risk factors involved in these diseases and other conditions.

When some of those recommendations seems obvious they all have been proven to optimise the expression of those genes reducing the risk to develop the disease associated with it considerably.

Most genetic risk factors don’t have such dramatic consequences by themselves and instead contribute only slight increases or decreases in total risk.

To know is to influence you making the right choices.

Once again It’s worth keeping in mind that when we talk about genetic risk factors, we’re talking about probability, so nothing is a given.

You can be genetically predisposed to a certain health condition but never actually develop the condition, just like you can be genetically protected from a condition but develop it anyway...

That said, DNA tests can give you an idea of your overall risk for a given disease, which can help with planning ahead or making lifestyle changes to readjust the communication between the expression of your genes and your environwment.

 – Your future health may be written in your genes, but scientists are still making progress on how to actually read that information and interpret it. Meanwhile most of it has been uncovered and it is to you to start being proactive or not, to be part of this revolution or not.

When most of the DNAkit available on the market may not be looking at relevant genes, most do not offer any way to interpret those genes.  It is possible to learn  more about what your future health might hold than ever before.

The question is are you ready to make that step and be proactive towards your health?

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