Understanding your genetics and lab results can help you gain a better understanding with what is going on in your body. Your DNA also influences your predisposition to certain diseases, so it helps to know your genetic makeup when you are going through the diagnosis process for a new chronic disease.

Genetics and Chronic Disease

While learning about your genetics might not help you prevent chronic disease, it can help you get diagnosed and find the right treatment. Thousands of diseases can be carried in just a single gene, so knowing you have that gene can unlock some mysteries behind chronic diseases you might have.

Genetic Testing can help Diagnose

A genomic test can be used for analytical purposes, and doctors might be able to uncover anomalies in your body just by analyzing your genomic test. This could potentially be life-saving. You might just have your first symptoms of a disease and with a genetic test your doctor might be able to diagnose you much earlier than without the test. Many chronic diseases have an entirely different outlook if treated early than if treated life, and genomic testing could be the key to early treatment.

Doctors also use Genetic Testing to Prevent Disease

There are also certain genetic mutations that predispose you to illness. Knowing you have those genes could be the difference between life and death, as you might be able to take preemptive measures to prevent disease from setting in. Sometimes it can be as simple as taking a medicine and other times you could need life-saving preventative surgery.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  If your family lineage has you predisposed to certain diseases the best thing you can do is find out of you have the same genes that will predispose you to disease. Preventing the illness can be a lot more important for your health than treating it after the fact.

You can’t Out-Run a Bad Diet or a Faulty Gene

If you have been exercising daily and still can’t shed weight, you might have heard the expression, “you can’t outrun a bad diet.” With chronic disease, you can’t exercise your way out of being predisposed to certain chronic diseases. But, catching these diseases before they are full-blown could go a long way towards preventing them from becoming serious or life-threatening.

Genomic testing helps find markers for cardiovascular disease. Without this testing, you could eat the right diet, get the right exercise, and still have cardiovascular problems. If you get the test and your cardiologist identifies you as high-risk for cardiovascular disease, he can work with you to prevent chronic disease from setting in. 

What’s Next?

If you need more information and still aren’t sure about how you can benefit from genetic testing, reach out and contact us today. We are happy to provide you with more information and walk you through the entire process. One phone call can set you on the path to a healthier life with your chronic disease managed.