Q: How do genes affect my health?
A: Genes are like "recipes" that your body depends
on to produce proteins. Proteins, in turn, play important roles
in metabolism. They affect the make-up and function of all your
cells, tissues, and organs. They build bones, skin, and hair.
They help break down food into the energy your body needs, and
help your immune system fend off harmful "foreign invaders"
like bacteria, yeast, and viruses. And they are essential for
processing and eliminating harmful toxins.
Q: What does this test measure?
A: Using cells collected either from a simple mouth rinse procedure
or from a single blood draw, this test measures selected segments
of the genetic code that differ from individual to individual.
These are called single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs
"GENES DON'T EQUAL FATE"
variations in the genetic code that occur only at certain places,
in certain individuals. Everyone has SNPs - that's
what makes us different from one another. Some SNPs
are quite common and others are quite rare. Many SNPs
have no effect on our health, but others can predispose us to
disease, or influence our response to a particular food or drug.
Even SNPs good for health in one situation may
be harmful in another.
The SNPs in these tests are carefully selected.
Your test will not measure any SNPs that will
absolutely lead to disease. Your test will
evaluate only SNPs that may lead to health problems
when influenced by other external factors-factors you can often
It's very important to remember that the SNPs
included on your test indicate risk, not certainty. Testing positive
for SNPs doesn't mean you are sure to develop
a health problem.