Why Understanding Genetic Data Can Save Your Life


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About Author: Darla Lilleberg is Flex5's co-founder and an autoimmune spokesperson. She has done nearly a decade of study on autoimmune disorders stemming from her own diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2008. She is an ACSM certified personal trainer and AADP Certified Health Coach with an undying passion for helping women achieve their health and fitness related goals. (bio here

Genetic Data and Human Genome: What is It?

The human genome is the complete genetic make-up of human beings. It was finally cracked in the early 2000’s, in what has been described as one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of modern times.

Interesting science, but what has it got to do with you?

Quite a lot, as it turns out.

Why Does Genetic Data Matter?

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Getting an understanding of your genetic data and genome make-up provides you with the knowledge you need to attain to optimum health and well-being. There are more than 3 billion pairs of chromosomes in your personal genome, and even though we don’t understand what the majority of them mean to you, what we do know can give you a distinct advantage.

Fortunately, the cost of genetic testing has come way down in recent years. It can be available for between $100 and $200, depending on the complexity of the test being undertaken. At even the lowest cost, however, you can obtain important genetic data that can help guide you in your life course.

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Many diseases and illnesses are the result of a genetic predisposition. Genetic testing can provide you with your genetic leaning toward such conditions as cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer's, autoimmune disease and cancer. A genetic profile will also identify how your body reacts to a wide range of medications including blood thinners as Warfarin.

Genetic data decoding allows you to start implementing lifestyle measures and medical treatments long before a condition’s symptoms become apparent. It will also allow you to research and implement environmental changes that can lessen your likelihood of getting the disease or illness. This could prove to be the difference between effective treatment and long term suffering. The knowledge of what medications your body will react negatively to will also allow you to avoid the bad consequences without putting them into your body.

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Your genetic profile will also provide you with information about your predisposition to getting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, for which there is currently no cure. Getting this information early on can provide us with the knowledge on which to base life decisions. These may include decisions regarding early retirement or child bearing, as well as motivating a person to exercise regularly and follow a healthier diet. It also allows us to become more informed about the condition early on allowing us the necessary time to build the support system we’re going to need when symptoms begin to arise.

Over the coming decade, the field of genetic data decoding will become more and more mainstream. Scientists will be able to decode more and more of the chromosomes that lie within your genome, providing you with a far greater understanding of your body. But you don’t have to wait until then.  Ask your functional medicine practitioner or Coach Darla about which genetic test kit is best for your needs.  Research is always changing so the testing companies are always updating the genetic data they provide.  Be sure to do your research before ordering your test kit. 

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The technology is available today to provide you with the knowledge to prepare you for what is in store. You can’t change what is written in your genetic code – but you can pave the way for it, making the lifestyle changes to reduce your risks for disease and keeping substances out of your body that you are genetically resistant to.

Knowledge is power – and this knowledge could save your life.

~ Coach Darla ~