Genetic testing helps both; patient and specialist, know if you’ve inherited a tendency to get certain diseases. A sample of blood or skin is usually needed for genetic testing.
Genes are segments of your DNA; they are found in chromosomes and they control growth and help you stay healthy. Sometimes, when genes are abnormal or damaged, they may not work properly, which may lead to disease. Some genetic abnormalities, or “gene mutations,” may run in families. Some just happen by chance. Sometimes one mutation can cause a person to have a disease, but most diseases are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
We offer genetic testing and counselling.
A positive test result means that you have the mutation you’ve been tested for. If you have a positive test result, it means you may be more likely to get a particular disease than most people, but it doesn’t mean you will definitely get the disease.
A negative test result means that you don’t have that particular mutation. This may mean that the disease doesn’t run in your family. A negative result doesn’t mean you won’t get the disease. It only means that you’re not more likely to get the disease than other people are.
Should you be tested?
By looking at your family history, your doctor can tell if you’re likely to have a gene mutation that may contribute to disease. A disease might run in your family if a blood relative developed the disease at a young age or if several family members have the disease. If one of your family members already has the disease, that person should be tested first. This helps show which genes, if any, are associated with the disease.
Here are some reasons you might want this service of genetic testing:
- You might not be so worried about getting a disease.
- You might be able to change your lifestyle to reduce your risk of getting a disease.
- Your doctor will know how often to check you to see if a disease is developing.
- You might be able to take medicine to prevent the disease.
There are different types of profiles that we can help you choose from:
- A basic preventive genetic test comprises 13 genes and determines their respective level of influence on lipid profile, BMI, insulin resistance and susceptibility to diabetes type II, lactose intolerance, coffee consumption, Homocysteine level, Vitamin D defficiency and susceptibility for osteoporosis, sensitivity to certain chemicals and toxins, susceptibility to inflammation and oxidative stress. The genetic variations found in the 13 genes examined will help determine lists of foods to be encouraged versus to be avoided.
- A genetic profile dedicated to a specific specialty area such as; Endocrinology, Cardiology, Oncology, Opthalmology, Dermatology, Neurology and Psychiatry, Orthopedics, Dentistry, Oxidative stress, Physical activity, Detoxification capacities.
- A complete genetic profile is very holistic in nature and is entirely dedicated to preventive and anti-aging medicine.
With the help of the provided results, you will then be given personalized and detailed recommendations on nutrition, diet, and lifestyle management.
Additional laboratory tests are to be performed in order to monitor and followup on the effect that the nutrition and lifestyle changes have on your health.