What changes would you make in your habits and lifestyle if you knew what genetic diseases you are predisposed to acquire? There are thousands of genetic diseases that are caused by an alteration in the genome and may have a high or low impact on health.
In some cases the mere fact of carrying the mutated gene does not necessarily mean that the disease will be suffered, as in the case of diabetes, the predisposition to the disease is inherited and then there is a trigger that activates the gene and the disease appears.
In the case of having a family history of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and others that are activated by interaction with the environment, it becomes evident the usefulness of an examination that accurately predicts the risks of suffering from it, in order to take measures necessary to prevent their development or minimize the impact they entail.
Genomics as preventive and predictive medicine
What genetic mapping does is provide information about which diseases we have inherited the genetic predisposition, but also can provide information about what specific actions can lead us to unchain it and thus be able to avoid it.
What some clinics offer in the results of this preventive health and predictive health is:
The reaction that our genes will have to certain drugs.
Recommendations about diet and lifestyle that will help us prevent the development of the disease for which we have genetic predisposition.
Poor absorption of vitamins
The organism’s disposition to absorb minerals and vitamins is crucial to determine an adequate diet.
Reactions to certain foods
Study on genes involved with the way in which the body reacts to caffeine, bitter and sweet flavors, lactose intolerance, facial flushing induced by alcohol, among others.
Features of feeding behavior
Results related to eating habits with which the doctor can make nutritional recommendations.
The risk of inheriting a mutation through the mother or father predisposes to certain types of hereditary cancer.
The risk of suffering cardiac syndromes, arrhythmias, familial hypercholesterolemia, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or sudden death can be diagnosed in cases in which the doctor deems appropriate.
The risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases at early ages such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, and others is much greater in individuals carrying certain genetic mutants.
The benefits of preventive and predictive medicine
The genomics as a preventive and predictive medicine provides specific information about predispositions and accurate diagnosis of rare and common diseases
In this way you can take measures based on an exact knowledge of both the condition and the treatments, nutrition or lifestyle that will lead to avoid the acquisition or development of it.