Genetic testing began with specialized tests to determine your risk of developing a certain disease. The field has now expanded into many areas, including providing information about the nutrients your genes need for optimal functioning. The team at Woodlands Wellness and Cosmetic Center in The Woodlands, Texas, offers nutrigenomics genetic testing, which allows them to create nutrition and diet plans customized to your genetic profile. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about genetic testing, call the office, or use the online booking feature.
Genetic Testing Q & A
What is nutrigenomics?
Nutrigenomics is a field of science that studies the complex relationship between genetics, nutrition, and health. Though the presence of a specific gene or genetic mutation influences your health, genes alone don’t determine your destiny because nutrients can change genetic activity.
This concept also works in reverse: Your genes affect how your body absorbs and uses the nutrients you consume. Each person has unique genetic variants that affect what their body needs to stay healthy. As a result, two people can follow the same diet and take the same supplements, but they’ll each respond differently. That’s where nutrigenomic genetic testing makes the difference.
What is nutrigenomic genetic testing?
Nutrigenomic genetic testing evaluates your DNA, looking for mutations that affect the way your body metabolizes nutrients. The advanced nutrigenomic test used by the team at Woodlands Wellness and Cosmetic Center evaluates up to 120 genes, providing information about your genetic mutations and the nutrition you need to overcome genetic weaknesses.
Armed with this information, your doctor at Woodlands makes specific recommendations for meal planning and dietary supplements, ensuring your body has the nutrients it needs to produce energy, fight inflammation, and maintain your health.
When should I consider nutrigenomic genetic testing?
Nutrigenomic genetic testing has the potential to help everyone live their healthiest life. It gives you the opportunity to prevent health problems by getting the precise nutrition your body needs. Additionally, the personalized changes targeted through genetic testing can improve symptoms associated with many chronic diseases.
If you currently take supplements, chances are you’re spending money on supplements you don’t need or you’re using the wrong dose. More than 75% of all patients have genetic variations that affect their metabolism.
What should I expect during genetic testing?
Genetic testing is a quick, simple, and painless procedure. Your provider at Woodlands Wellness and Cosmetic Center only needs to swab the inside of your cheek with a soft, bristled pad. The tissue from your cheek provides an adequate amount of DNA to run a complete genetic panel.
It takes about 7-10 business days to get your results, then your doctor at Woodlands explains all your results and talks with you about your optimal nutritional plan.
To learn more about how you may benefit from genetic testing, call Woodlands Wellness and Cosmetic Center, or schedule an appointment online.
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