Your health is in your DNA - Implications of genetic testing

Achieving optimal health and wellness lies in disease prevention, risk assessment, and health maintenance.

About 20,000 genes in our body give us our unique set of physical features. Alterations or mutations to the genes can occur due to environmental factors or during cell division. In most cases, these errors are harmless or the cell can repair them. At other times, mutations can attribute to diseases or conditions that are passed on to the next generation. DNA Wellness Screening analyzes your genes for potential health risks.

Your saliva contains DNA from cells in your mouth. These DNA-containing cells are collected using our convenient saliva collection kit. Our certified lab extracts and processes the DNA from cells in your saliva sample.

Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disorder characterized by abnormally high levels of sugar in the blood. This serious medical condition and its many complications is preventable if detected and treated at an early stage. Genetic testing can determine if you carry copies of a genetic variation that greatly increases the likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes and allows for early intervention.

Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, arrhythmias, and elevated cholesterol, is typically caused by a combination of lifestyle factors and your genes. Genetic testing can predict your risk for developing certain cardiovascular diseases and allows us to intervene early with appropriate lifestyle and treatment recommendations.

Brain Health
Alzheimer’s disease develops when neurons (nerve cells) in the brain stop functioning, lose connections with other neurons, and eventually die. Scientists have identified three genes in which mutations cause early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. If you inherited one of these mutated genes, you have a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Genetic testing allows us to access your risk and take steps to delay or even prevent its onset.

Obesity refers to the condition present in people whose proportion of body fat is considered excessive for their height and weight. Studies have shown that a genetic predisposition to obesity does exist, and that apart from environmental factors, several genetic factors play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of the condition. With genetic testing, it is now possible to develop exercise and nutrition programs based on your DNA makeup, enabling you to maintain a healthy weight or lose weight effectively and easily.

Immune Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that affects the body’s joints. Certain risk factors increase your chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis including your genetic make-up and family history. An analysis of your genetic profile allows us to determine your genetic risk for arthritis-related diseases, and to prescribe certain preventive measures.

Bone Health: Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by weakening and deteriorating bone tissue, making bones fragile and more likely to break. Through DNA screening, we can assess your risk for osteoporosis, and suggest exercise and lifestyle changes as well as preventive measures that can result in stronger, healthier bones.

Hormone Replacement Therapy
Many women experiencing menopause benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to supplement the loss of hormones, and to alleviate typical menopausal symptoms such as sleep disturbances, hot flashes, and osteoporosis. Certain Hormone Replacement Therapies, however, have been linked to the development of breast cancer and deep-vein thrombosis in some women. Genetic testing can be a very important step in determining your risk of developing diseases associated with HRT.

Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D supports your body’s absorption and utilization of calcium, which is vital for bone health and repair. Vitamin D also helps prevent other diseases associated with the immune system, as well as some forms of cancer. Varia- tions in our DNA makeup can have a major impact on how our body absorbs nutrients such as Vitamin D. Vitallife’s genetic tests can help identify if you are genetically predisposed to having lower levels of Vitamin D, and will allow you to correct a deficiency, if necessary.

You are exposed to a wide array of toxic substances and pollutants that enter your body on a daily basis. Normally, the body produces enzymes that recognize and neutralize these toxins. Certain individuals, however, are not genetically programmed to innately eliminate toxins from their body. Fortunately, VitalLife offers the latest in genetic testing to determine your ability to detoxify while identifying the best way to support your body’s detoxification efforts.

Lactose Intolerance
About 75 percent of the world’s population is lactose intolerant. This is a condition characterized by the body’s inability to produce lactase, an enzyme that helps the body break down lactose (the principal sugar in milk products) into simpler and more easily absorbed sugars. Find out if you have a genetic predisposition to lactose intolerance and avoid digestive problems that can significantly reduce the quality of your life.

Gluten Intolerance
Gluten intolerance or celiac disease are conditions that cause intestinal damage when gluten, a lipoprotein found in wheat, spelt, rye,and barley, is ingested. Because of a wide range of potential symptoms, which include rashes, fatigue, or nausea, gluten sensitivity can be difficult to diagnose. This is where DNA screening can help — your genes will reveal if you’re at risk of developing celiac disease. Gaining clarity will help you and your physician understand your gluten sensitivity and develop a diet to meet your nutritional needs.

CategoryProgram NamePrice (THB)
DNADNA Wellness Panel15,500

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