Why DNA genetic testing is useful in functional medicine and what potential benefits it has?
Most medical treatments have been designed for the “average patient”. This “one-size-fits-all” approach is no longer sufficient to ensure the optimal health of the patient. Precision or personalised medicine, on the other hand, uses an individual's genetic information to guide the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Our genes determine who we are: from physical charasteristics like height and hair color, to the less obvious differences, such as our likelihood of getting certain diseases, and our ability to respond to certain medications.
The information encoded in our genes doesn't tell us how we are going to get sick; it enlightens us about how we should live to maximize our health over a longer life span (Bland J.S. The Disease Delusion. HarperWave . 2014 )
To learn more about DNA Genetic Testing, which is a key to advancing precision medicine and how it affects patients care today, visit the website of The University of Utah.
We can use a wide variety of DNA tests that provide valuable information across the health spectrum, such as
The General Health DNA genetic testing. This DNA test is designed to optimise well-being and health by personalising lifestyle and diet choices and, where necessary, using supplements tailored to offset any particular nutritional deficit based on specific gene variants.
The Weight Management DNA genetic testing. This DNA test includes well-researched gene variations that impact weight management. Not everyone gains or loses weight while following the same diet. Identifying an individual's responsiveness to diet and lifestyle modification to control weight can be extremely advantageous.
The Oestrogen Metabolism DNA genetic testing. This DNA test is recommended for women who suffer from oestrogen-dominant conditions such as endometriosis or women considering oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy or bio-identical hormone supplementation.
The Preconception DNA genetic testing. This DNA test gives insight into key biological areas related to maternal and fetal health and provides recommendations on how mothers-to-be can optimise their health, and their baby's health, from preconception to birth and beyond.
The Mental Health DNA genetic testing. This DNA test analyses genetic variations involved in key biological processes that contribute toward the risk of development of mental disorders and may give insight to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
The Medication DNA genetic testing. This DNA test analyses genetic variations that can affect an individual's response to medications, both in terms of therapeutic effects as well as adverse effects. The report will provide accurate recommendations for approximately 200 medications including cardiovascular, psychiatric and pain medications.