‘Your Personal Code of Health’
Genes are the basic physical and functional unit of heredity and are passed down from one generation to the next. They contain the DNA and RNA that store the information that determines the unique traits that distinguish us from one another like eye color and blood type. Genes also determine an individual’s risk of specific diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Fortunately, advancements in medical technology now allow us to conduct preventive genetic tests so that problems can be identified early. Preventative measures like lifestyle modification and vitamin supplementation can then be used to delay or even prevent the onset of disease.
Genetic Analysis only requires a swab of saliva taken from the inside of the cheek, a quick and painless procedure for which the client only needs to abstain from ingesting food and water for two hours before he test.
The human body consists of billions of cells, each containing a complete copy of our genetic blueprint in its nucleus. The biological information and hereditary traits contained in the nucleus are encoded in its deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), and arranged in the form of chromosomes. These chromosomes are thin strands of DNA, coiled up like a ball of string, and can be up to two meters long if extended.
The information in our DNA is stored in the form of a code comprised of four chemical bases: adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C), and thymine (T). These four bases constitute everyone’s basic genetic information, and when they are joined into long strands can be divided into discrete units called genes.
Chromosomes are made up of strings of genes that contain everything required to pass information from your parents to you – the genetic blueprint that defines what, and to a certain extent, who you are. In humans, the genome is 99.9% identical from one person to the next. It is the 0.1% variation that distinguishes one individual from another. This is why we look different, and why we get different diseases.