Human longevity is a polygenic trait, meaning multiple genes are responsible for overall health. The Human Genome Project advanced medical science in the understanding of which genes are involved in specific metabolic or disease processes. Genomics has improved our understanding of the aging process and enabled the development of personalized interventions that help people lead longer, healthier, more vibrant and active lives.
Environmental factors play an important role, interacting with our genes. A human genome is influenced by exposure to chemicals, biological agents, contaminants in the natural environment, as well as lifestyle factors, such as diet and physical activity. Genomic testing and interpretation can identify the genetic variations that impact a patient’s biochemistry and metabolism, and is instrumental in creating personalized dietary and lifestyle interventions for delaying or avoiding many chronic diseases, including heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
The Immuno-Health, Emotional-Cognitive Health and Ultimate Health genomic test panels evaluate various areas related to healthy aging, with the Ultimate Health providing the most comprehensive look. These areas include:
Alzheimer’s Disease, Autoimmune Diseases, Cell Signaling, Circadian Rhythm, Cognitive Health, Cytokines, Diabetes, Heart Disease, HPA Axis, Inflammation, Insomnia, Jet Lag, Micronutrients, Methylation, Neurocognitive Functioning, Osteoarthritis, Oxidative Stress, Premature Aging, Sleep Dysfunction, Stress Response, Telomeres.