I’m often asked what the future entails for preventative medicine, healthcare and personal training. I think DNA screening is the next piece we’ll be adding to the puzzle.
I think its been one of the most exciting developments in the industry over the last few years. As the price has become more affordable, and the tests more detailed, the possibilities for its use in mainstream preventative healthcare has become very exciting.
DNA screening is redefining the industry by providing comprehensive information about a client’s unique genetic profile. It investigates the genes that influence biological pathways and provides a detailed analysis on how that may have an impact on your health over the course of your lifetime.
Its important to point out that information on isolated genes is NOT predictive of disease. Health is dictated by the COMBINATION of genes, environment, diet and lifestyle. By knowing your genetic profile, you can map out an optimal nutritional and lifestyle blueprint that maximizes your health and helps reduce any risk factors.
The test I’m referring to does NOT diagnose genetic conditions, but focuses on the following;
• Lipid metabolism
• Fat absorption
• Type 2 diabetes
• Sodium sensitivity
• Co-enzyme Q10
• Omega 3 and Omega 6 blood levels
• Vitamin B2, B12, C, E and D metabolism
• Choline deficiency
• Caffeine metabolism
• Coeliac disease
• Lactose intolerance
• Oxidative stress
• Detoxification pathways
• Weight management
Panels are also able to give us key information in relation to sports performance and recovery.
Armed with this detailed information, and with the assistance of a registered genetic practitioner, you will have the ultimate blueprint for the rest of your life. It really is the gold standard in healthcare at the moment.
My DNA is currently in the lab being analysed which can take up to 4 weeks. Over the coming months we’ll be looking at the key findings from the screening, and discussing how it will effect my diet, training and lifestyle.