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Genetic testing helps explain the strengths and weaknesses of each person’s immune system

 

Pretoria, 14 April 2020: If you, like many people are wondering whether you are susceptible to the coronavirus, you are not alone. It is normal to assume that everyone who is exposed to a particular virus catches the disease. However, did you know that your genes play a large role in whether or not you will get sick?

 

Understanding your predisposition to health issues may help you make informed changes to alleviate or even eliminate issues in the future. GENEWELL™ tests for genetic variants involved in physiological processes that are linked to an increased risk for certain (lifestyle) diseases.

Some of these include:

 
Some great tips from Bernice Venter,
 Dietitian & GENEWAY™ Practitioner.
 
1. Replace a meal by having a protein shake for lunch. 

There are multiple benefits to knowing what your DNA has to say about you. By understanding the complexities within your DNA, you could discover valuable information like whether you are predisposed to diseases, how your diet is affecting your unique genetic make-up, and more. 

If you are just looking to optimise your weekly training regime at the gym, a “weekend warrior”  or if you are a professional athlete or planning to become one, and you want to take it seriously, consider doing DNA testing for athletes to give you better insight into your abilities and help you perform optimally.

GENESPORT™ from GENEWAY™ can help individuals to recognise their full potential by testing and then providing expert advice on performance potential and how to enhance it, according to your unique genetic makeup. Genetic testing for athletic ability can:

Recently, South Africa has seen an increase in obesity and the number of overweight people. 70% of South African women and 31% of South African men are overweight or obese. 13% of South African children are overweight.

Obesity is a very complex disease. Factors that can increase someone's risk of being overweight include:

Serotonin is probably the most talked-about neurotransmitter – the ‘happy’ brain chemical! Deficits in serotonin can lead to depression, aggressiveness, anxiety, panic attacks, food and alcohol cravings, irritability and insomnia. 

Your genes play a very important role in the conversion of amino acids to neurotransmitters. Amino acids are the raw materials for neurotransmitters and a range of vitamins and minerals are co-factors necessary for their production. 

 

 

For many people the festive season is a time of joy and celebrations - uniting with family and friends after a busy year. However, for some people this time of year can be quite trying. There are a host of things that add to stress and difficult emotions during the holidays from finances, worries about the future to memories of lost ones. Another major contributing factor to feelings of depression and anxiety, irrespective of the time of year, is the result of an imbalance or deficiency of brain chemicals or neurotransmitters.

You can get a DNA test done at GENEWAY™. Their DNA test prices remain competitive and transparent for anyone interested in getting a DNA test done. With Diabetes Awareness Day falling in November, many members of the public were made aware of how much having access to necessary information can transform their lives. To gain some insight into their health and hereditary similarities, we’re hearing the same question asked: “Where can I do a DNA test?”.

November was Diabetes Awareness Month…

 

Diabetes has become synonymous with lifestyle disorders and is a major concern because of its increasing occurrence among age groups that were previously not affected. During November, many organisations and groups took the opportunity to raise awareness of the disease, its causes and symptoms, as well as the preventative measures that can be considered to minimise the chances or delay the onset of diabetes.