Understanding how your family history and the environment you live in affects your health enables you to take steps to prevent serious illness and live a healthier life. This is the power of genomics, which the team at Total Health Solutions Medical Center in Milton, Georgia, uses to optimize their patients' present and future health. Harnessing the science behind genomics gives you the knowledge you need to reduce your risk of conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Call Total Health Solutions Medical Center or schedule a consultation using the online tool today.
Genomics is the science of looking at your genes and environment to predict the types of health problems you might experience and help treat them more effectively.
Genes consist of DNA, which you inherit from your parents. They carry instructions for your body on how to make proteins, which in turn, controls the way your cells work.
Most of the time, genes contain messages that result in differences between people such as having dark or fair skin, or being short or tall — all the ways in which you take after your parents.
However, some genes contain information that can cause inherited disorders, like cystic fibrosis and Huntington's disease. Other genes can make you more likely to develop certain diseases, especially if you’re exposed to environmental factors that increase your risk.
Genomics helps to identify whether you have any genes that could lead to health problems. It looks at how your genes interact with other genes and your environment to make you more susceptible to conditions like:
These types of conditions are most often a result of combining a genetic predisposition with lifestyle factors. For example, if your genes indicate your risk of heart disease is high, lifestyle factors such as being overweight and having high cholesterol raise your risk significantly higher.
Genomics, too, can identify whether your genes place you in a higher risk category even though you have a healthy lifestyle. You could exercise regularly, eat a low-fat diet, and manage stress, yet still have high blood pressure, for instance.
Understanding genes and genomics enables health care professionals to make earlier diagnoses and administer treatments more quickly. It also leads to the development of better treatments.
With the information genomics provides, the Total Health Solutions Medical Center team can personalize your treatment plan. They can use your genomic blueprint to define your risk factors and establish optimal preventive measures, targeting therapies to suit your genetic makeup.
Find out more about the ways in which genomics is revolutionizing health care by calling Total Health Solutions Medical Center today or booking an appointment online.