How do our genes influence our health and longevity and are there ways to override this inheritance?
Genes are made up of nucleotides, which are like beads strung together in different sequences that together, are the blueprints for our proteins, enzymes and hormones. These proteins are essential for all our metabolic processes, as well as for our physical structure.
The human species has around 25 000 different gene sequences, coding for all the proteins we need, but what gives us our unique and individual response to life, are the SNP’s (single nucleotide polymorphisms) also encoded in our genes. There are thousands of SNP’s, some of which have clinical significance in terms of our risks for chronic disease and some of which, given our present day knowledge, appear to be inert.
It is possible nowadays to investigate our genes in order to see what SNP’s we have inherited, and determine if we have increased susceptibility to certain chronic diseases.
The test is as simple as a cheek swab and this fore-knowledge allows us to take steps to reduce the risks by changing whether or not these genes will express or remain hidden. The science of nutrigenomics addresses how foods are able to influence what genes are expressed and what remain hidden.
Certain haplotypes (groups of gene SNP’s) may result in increased risk of breast cancer, for example, and it is possible to take steps to reduce the impact of these haplotypes and thus reduce the risks of developing the associated chronic diseases. This is enormously empowering. In the past it was thought that we had no control over the expression of our genes but we now know that while the genes themselves do not change, we CAN affect whether the genes remain hidden, or express, and therefore we have control over our state of disease, or wellness.
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Many of our signs and symptoms, particularly when we have literally tried everything, been to every doctor, been on every possible pharmaceutical drug, tried vitamins, Reiki, affirmations and much else, may be the result of a small genetic variation called a SNP (Pronounced ‘snip’)
A few interesting points.
SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism)
A SNP is a difference in a nucleotide, where one nucleotide is replaced with another – they are not mutations.
Human DNA consists of about 3 billion bases,99% of which are the same in all people.
SNPs occur on average once in every 300
nucleotides. They can act as biological markers indicating a predisposition towards a behaviour, physical or physiological attribute. Each of us may have 100’s of these gene variations, some of which impact more aggressively on our overall health than others.
For example, people who suffer from depression and who are not responding well to anti depressants, may have a gene SNP called MTHFR, that results in the inability of the body to make serotonin. (50% of the population have this gene SNP).
What is important to know about genetic testing is that identifying certain gene SNP’s will offer the opportunity to change diet, lifestyle and supplementation, in order to minimise and even override the genetic influence. We have control over what genes are expressed so genetic testing takes some of the guesswork out of health conditions that are getting the better of us. It also offers us the opportunity to enhance the medications we are on, or even see whether particular medication is a good ‘fit’ for our unique makeup.
The science of Epigenetics looks at exactly that. What influence does our external environment, lifestyle and diet have on what genes are turned on or off?
The following movie will explain the science of Epigenetics.
There are 4 categories of tests one can choose from.
In addition, there are many categories and sub categories of Pharmaceutical drugs that may have been prescribed for a condition. Often people are on more than 10 different drugs, with no idea what is working or what is not, as well as whether there is any cross reactivity with other compounds, coffee or grapefruit being common. It is now possible to analyse the medication we are on and compare it to our gene profile, to see if it is, in fact, beneficial, ineffective or even detrimental.
HOW DOES THE DNA TESTING WORK?
From a single cheek swab sample, gene profile companies
are able to determine an individual’s unique genetic
identity, thereby gaining intimate knowledge about
physiological processes that may not function optimally.
The results provide the clinical foundations upon which
to make individual-specific recommendations of a
preventative or performance-optimising nature. The
value of these findings lies in the creation of a gateway
for individuals to maximise their health and well-being
• Oxidative stress
• Insulin resistance
• Bone health
• Iron metabolism
• Food responsiveness
• optimal weight loss
• optimal weight management
• optimal dietary modification
• optimal lifestyle improvements such as the type and
amount of exercise required.
Estrogen and hormone detoxification is covered, which addresses risk of hormone associated cancers.
- Muscle recovery
- Energy expenditure
- Oxygen uptake
- Injury susceptibility
And many more
Email us with any personal questions related to the efficacy of Gene Profiling.