DNA Tests for Health Risks: Are You Genetically Inclined to Develop Type 2 Diabetes?

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Jeanne Conradie

People that find out they have Type 2 diabetes are rarely the only ones in their family. Whether it be a parent or sibling or even a distant cousin chances are you are not alone. If you are genetically inclined to Type 2 diabetes a DNA test for health risks can give you this information long before so that you can proactively prevent the development of the disease.

The Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes

The prominence of the condition is driven by obesity, caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, as much as it is by genetics. This is not to say there aren’t those who may develop Type 2 Diabetes without it being genetically present. However, if you live a healthy lifestyle you would want to know of inner forces, like your genetics, which may catch you off guard down the line, when you reach middle age, which is the average age Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed. A Healthcare Practitioner trained in the interpretation of DNA tests will review the results of a DNA test like the GENEWELL™ to reveal your risk to Type 2 diabetes and discuss the steps you can take to prevent the development or progression of diabetes.

The Urbanisation Phenomenon’s Effect on the Epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes

The urbanization phenomenon is the increase of people living in towns and cities where food is bought at a supermarket instead of people growing or producing it themselves in humble quantities in rural areas. We live in what is referred to as an obesogenic environment, where food is plenty and the effort required to obtain it is limited, not like in the days of the hunter and gather. This has had a huge impact on the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in communities. In Forouhi and Wareham’s 2014 study; Epidemiology of Diabetes they say “The latest estimates show a global prevalence of 382 million people with diabetes in 2013, expected to rise to 592 million by 2035.”(It might be better to use or included the statistic released by the world health organization WHO)

Through epidemiology (the study of the distribution and detriments of health conditions and prevalence of disease in defined populations) this cultural shift in the way people consume food has revealed that obesity and overconsumption can cause Type 2 diabetes. However, this disease still appears to be more prevalent in persons with a certain genetic makeup.

DNA Tests for Health Risks can Reveal Your Genetic Predisposition for Type 2 Diabetes

If you know there to be a presence of Type 2 diabetes in your family you may want to consider taking a DNA test, such as the GENEWELL™, to determine possible health risks. The results of this will be shared with you by your referring Healthcare Practitioner who can then help you decide what the next steps should be – whether it should be adopting a personalised DNA diet or other more aggressive forms of treatment.

To better understand your predisposition to certain conditions contact GENEWAY™ for a comprehensive DNA test.

Added note:

Type 2 diabetes is closely associated with insulin resistance and sensitivity which you may show symptoms of earlier on. This is the precursor to Type 2 diabetes and you can take on a DNA diet as a means of shedding the extra weight you are likely carrying and slowing down the development of Type 2 diabetes.

Our DNA Diet GENEDIET™ will provide you with more information on how to fuel your body individually for your optimum health.

 

 

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