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The Benefits of DNA Health Testing


By Opinion Desk



Wednesday, April 25, 2018.



In the last 30 years, we have seen a huge change in the way we deal with illness. Medical discoveries are being made every single day which allow us to treat illnesses we never could before, find alternative treatments and even prevent illness from striking at all.


In our lifetime, most of us will be the subject of at least one or two illnesses. It could be that you have suffered from a disease like asthma or eczema since you were born, or maybe as you grew older you developed spinal issues or arthritis. These illnesses can be a pain for us to deal with every day, and it can be horrible for us to be told that we are suffering.


However, what if there was a way to test whether you were likely to suffer from an illness? We all know that there are two main factors that affect our health: our lifestyle and our genetics. If we assume that you are living a healthy lifestyle, we can use DNA testing to work out if you have a genetic predisposition to an illness. But why would you bother?


It Reduces Stress

You can purchase a kit online or even ask your doctor for a recommendation, and take it home to test who you are. The benefit of finding out more about your genome is that it will reduce the stress of not knowing if you are prone to a disease. For example, let’s say that you are slightly overweight. Being overweight can crush our self-esteem, and even when we exercise every day it can feel as if we are getting nowhere. However, some people are genetically more likely to be overweight anyway, so if you found this out it would take your stress away and allow you to accept the fact that it isn’t your fault. This can make you a much happier person as you learn to accept who you are as a person.


It Can Catch Issues Early

The beauty of DNA testing is that it can catch a particular trait you hold before you ever see any symptoms of the illness. The advantage of this is that you and your doctor can then work to prevent the illness ever manifesting itself at all. Sure, it will likely take you a lot of work and nothing is guaranteed, but it can make a big difference to your overall health. It could even be the thing that saves your life if you have the early signs of a fatal illness. As long as it is caught early enough, most illnesses can be stopped from spreading and hurting you.


It Prepares You

When you are having a baby, it can be the single most exciting and terrifying experience of your whole life. Preparing to add a new member to your family is stressful enough on its own, but what happens when your family has a genetic history of a disease? Your family might have a history of cystic fibrosis, and because if this, you will want to test your unborn child’s DNA to see if they will have it. This allows you to prepare your home for the child before they are even born, and it gives you both the chance to come to terms with the fact. Giving birth to a sick child is a difficult thing to do, but if you have a prior warning it can give you peace of mind that you are ready to tackle anything that comes your way. It will give you the time to speak to doctors, get any equipment you need and be ready to look after this baby as best you can when they enter the world.


It Helps You With Weight Issues

There are many people who struggle to lose weight, and no matter what they try it just doesn’t seem to happen for them at all. You can buy a DNA testing kit which will tell you if you are prone to gaining weight, how strong you are naturally and the best way for you to exercise and eat for fitness. It can give you a huge amount of body confidence by being able to change your lifestyle in the right way.


You’ll Make Better Choices

One of the biggest benefits of DNA testing for your health is the fact that it makes you make better life choices. For example, let’s say that you test your DNA and find out that your family has a history of heart disease. Heart disease is often caused by being overweight and not exercising enough; so you can prevent this affecting you by making a better lifestyle for yourself. Eating healthier foods, exercising regularly and taking time for our mental health will make you happier, healthier and allow you to live much longer too. The simple act of testing your DNA for health issues could be the final push you need in order to change the way you live your life and allow yourself to be a healthier person overall.




The Benefits of DNA Health Testing

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