DNA Testing in Practice -
Genetic SNP Reports Supporting your Health
You may have noticed there are a number of genetic testing reports now available. So how can they assist your personal health?
Your genes provide instructions (or codes) that affect specific proteins: these include enzymes, transporters and receptors, substances that build, regulate and maintain health. A variation in a gene may alter these proteins and the ways cells function. Because of this, variations in DNA can affect the way that nutrients are absorbed, the kind of nutrients you require and the transport of nutrients into and out of cells. Similarly, diet, food components and lifestyle choices can also affect the way genes functions.
Each of us is unique and our wellness can be directly affected by our individual, inherent differences as well as diet, lifestyle choices and the environment we live in. Instead of using a one-seize fits all approach, personalised medicine allows practitioners to tailor treatment protocols to achieve more positive outcomes. We are now able to identify patients who are more likely to benefit from specific treatments, nutrient types or dosages in advance from those who are not.
Clinical Services DNA testing is not diagnostic, and has not been developed to confirm or rule out suspected genetic diseases or conditions. Instead, we are interested in looking at how certain SNPs impact biological function, giving the practitioner insight into why a specific therapy might be effective and provide opportunities to optimise health.
Evaluating SNPs means that we have truly entered into the world of personalised medicine.