Prevention & Nutrition

The individual genetic make-up contributes to predisposition to some diseases and to intolerance of some foods. Examples are

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Folic acid metabolism

Decreased availability of folic acid, a B vitamin, increases risk for cardiovascular disease, causes fatigue and digestive problems. A genetic variant results in folic acid deficiency. Knowledge of this variant can prevent signs and symptoms of folic acid deficiency by substitution of this essential vitamin.

Folic acid metabolism

  1. Variants in the MTHFR gene are can cause of a deficiency of folic acid, while malnutrition. This can result in elevated levels of homocysteine ​​and increased risk for certain diseases.
  2. Knowledge of these variations helps regarding the diet or supplementation of folic acid to make the right decisions.

 

Lactose intolerance

Many people do not tolerate milk and dairy products during adult life. This is caused by a variant of a gene that results in  loss of  activity of the enzyme lactose in adults.

The resulting lactase intolerance can manifest as indigestion, bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea after consumption of dairy products. Genetic tests reveal whether you carry a variant associated with lactose intolerance.

  1. Variants of the LCT gene are associated with lactose intolerance.
  2. Genetic diagnosis confirms suspected lactose intolerance.
  3. This allows you to make informed decisions as to proper nutrition and/or supplementation of missing enzyme.