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.
What Can DNA Tests Test For?
Prevention has always been and will always be better than cure. So, finding out what your genes are saying about your lifestyle and what you can do to fix it is better than finding a problem when it’s too late to do anything. Below are some of the conditions that can be tested for using DNA testing, and a little about each.
There are two types of cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is the healthy cholesterol that helps to maintain a healthy heart. LDL can cause your arteries to clog and will therefore put strain on your heart. There’s a delicate balance between the two.
It is possible to have a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol, even if you eat well and aren’t overweight. Genetic testing can identify genetic mutations associated bad cholesterol so that it can be treated or prevented from becoming a big health issue.
Dementia and Alzheimers can be tested for using a DNA test. It’s another disease that can be passed down from family members. Unfortunately, there is no cure for these two diseases yet. But understanding the disease and finding out that you might get it allows you to make the right preparations before it starts.
Heart disease could be as a result of poor diet and lack of exercise, but it could also be a result of genes. As long as it is treated accordingly, heart disease doesn’t need to spell doom and gloom. A healthy diet (recommended by healthcare professionals) as well as a steady exercise routine can help alleviate the risks.
To find out how much gene testing costs in Pretoria, and what else these tests can offer you, call Geneway for more information. Making adjustments to your present lifestyle can help your health in the future.