Health Conditions Passed Down Through Your Genes

All of the hype around mail-in DNA test kits is for good reason. Testing your genetics for important markers can help you catch and treat health issues early, as well as help you figure out your best diet. Our DNA testing services are fast, accurate, and potentially lifesaving.

Secret Health Issues Hiding in Your DNA

There are some things you know are passed down through your DNA without a test, such as the amount of arm hair you have, whether your earlobes are detached, how you cross your arms, and if you sneeze in the sun. However, there are other serious health issues that could be lurking beneath.

Increased Genetic Risks

The FDA is hoping that by encouraging people to look into their DNA, they will be more motivated to become healthier and stay vigilant with screenings and exams. As genetic testing expands, we will learn more about how we can delay the onset of certain diseases, as well as an expanded set of diseases to test for.

Issues to Watch For

Heart Disease

Healthy lifestyle habits are linked to a lower risk of heart disease, yet it’s still the number one cause of death in women.

What you can do:

  • Don’t smoke;
  • Maintain a healthy BMI;
  • Exercise regularly;
  • Eat a diet low in red meat and saturated fats.

Celiac Disease

If you have a child, parent, sister, brother, or father with Celiac’s, you have a one in 10 chance of getting the disease yourself. If you feel classic symptoms like abdominal pain or weight loss, seek an evaluation immediately.

High Cholesterol

People with the genetic disorder familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) are born with dangerously high levels of LDL, or “bad cholesterol” and are 20 times more at risk for early heart disease, including heart attacks and stroke. Genetic testing, combined with a simple blood cholesterol test, can lead to diagnosis and treatment with statins which can decrease an individual’s risk by 80 percent.

Colon Polyps

Asking your family whether anyone has adenomatous polyps can help you know if you’re at risk for colorectal cancer. This can develop in your teens and become cancerous later in life. Unfortunately, many people don’t get screened for colon cancer until 50, so if you have a family history it may be further along than if you had known what to look for.

To find out more about our DNA testing services, contact Test Smartly Labs today.

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