In order to understand a bit more about the test and why it would be useful to you, we have put together some information on the basics of DNA and how and why the GenePro test will benefit you.
Have you ever wondered why some people eat a healthy diet and still have high cholesterol, or how someone can smoke cigarettes all their life without dying of a smoke related cause? A very large part of this has to do with mutations, or changes, in our DNA that allow our bodies to respond differently to different environments. If we know a little bit more about our own DNA we will be able to understand more about how our body responds to things and make more informed decisions with regards to our diet and lifestyle.
Let us start at the beginning…
Genes and DNA are the blueprints for life and have been inherited from our parents. Within each of our cells there are 23 pairs of chromosomes; half you have inherited from your mother and half from your father. These chromosomes are composed of DNA. The DNA alphabet is composed of 4 ‘letters’ (nucleotides): A, C, T and G. These 4 letters, the building blocks of DNA, appear along the DNA strand in varying combinations and make codes for various genes/proteins which your body will use for all its functions. Every amino acid derived hormone, enzyme, protein etc that is needed for life and growth is coded by our DNA. If one of these letters is changed, this could mean a different protein is coded for, with an altered function or perhaps not produced at all. This change is called a DNA mutation.
The mutations included in the GenePro test have been specifically selected and are associated with
- high cholesterol
- cardiovascular disease
- thrombosis (blood clot formation)
- Type II Diabetes
- other chronic diseases.
These mutations are included in what we term our “Wellness Panel” as the focus is on health and wellness and how these mutations may be interacting together as well as with the environment (your diet and lifestyle choices) to contribute towards the development of disease.
The exciting thing about these particular mutations is that they are lifestyle and environment driven which means they are susceptible to changes in these two aspects – which means factors you can influence! You can use the information provided to make conscious choices to reduce the risk of developing a health condition by altering your lifestyle such as increasing your Omega 3 intake or ensuring adequate intake of folate and vitamin B12 rich foods.
No longer do you have to say, “(Insert health condition here) is in my genes and there is nothing I can do about it”. You can use the personalised nutrition and lifestyle guidance provided for you by the GenePro test, unique to your genetic make-up, to reduce the risk of developing various health conditions.
If you would like to have the GenePro genetic test done, please contact us at the MDS Head Office in Durban.