Unlocking the Power of Genome Testing: 10 Essential Benefits for Elevating Everyday Health

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10 Benefits of Genome Testing for Everyday Life

By Zarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

10 benefits of genome testing for everyday life (Photo by Twitter/MandyKloppers)

Genome testing determines the interplay between genes, nutrition, and health. It helps personalize diet and nutrition, providing a blueprint for optimal health and wellness. It reveals why certain nutrients or diets work for an individual and why they don’t work for others. Genomic tests identify the specifics of our DNA, including changes in our chromosomes, associated genes, and proteins. They can reveal a wide range of information, from our ancestry to our health and family history.

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Zainab Abbas, Senior Genetic Consultant at Lord’s Mark Microbiotech, said, “Genome testing is like a treasure chest of advantages for our everyday life. It helps us take better care of ourselves by using our unique genetic information.”

Main Benefits of Genome Testing

  • Understanding how our bodies process food:
    • Identifying food sensitivities and intolerances
    • Absorption of vitamins and nutrients
  • Connecting genes and habits:
    • Tolerance to smoking, drinking, and caffeine consumption
  • Personalized treatment plans:
    • Using genetic information for more effective treatment with fewer side effects
  • Fitness and sports performance:
    • Naturally good at physical activities
    • Creating a tailored workout plan
  • Improved health management:
    • Knowing the risk factors for developing certain health issues
    • Regular check-ups and consultations with doctors

Adding to the list, Dr. Ravneet Kaur, Consultant-Clinical Genetics at Agilus Diagnostics, revealed:

  • Carrier screening tests for genetic conditions
  • Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) for chromosomal abnormalities
  • Genetic tests for cancer risk assessment
  • Identification and management of hereditary sleep disorders
  • Genetic tests for inherited cardiac conditions

Overall, genome testing is like a lantern that guides us through the confusing world of health and lifestyle choices. It helps us make smart decisions and provides numerous benefits that improve our lives in many ways.

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