Genomics Based Personalized Medicine
Genomics is not Genetics
Genetics and Genomics are not the same. The two terms are often used incorrectly.
Genetics is the study of single genes and their role in the way traits or conditions are passed from one generation to the next. Some examples of genetic or inherited disorders include cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, hemophilia, Huntington’s disease, phenylketonuria (PKU) and sickle-cell disease.
Genomics is a term that describes the study of all parts of an organism’s genes. Genomics is looking small changes in DNA that by themselves do not cause disease but in combination can contribute towards ill health or illness. Most are modifiable by lifestyle factors such as nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress reduction.
Some disorders and complex diseases that have been studied in the field of genomics include asthma, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. These diseases are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, rather than simply a single genetic defect. The study of genomics has provided the medical community with new diagnostic tools and therapies for these complex diseases.
Clinical Genomics is not the same as the direct to consumer services that you will find on the internet such as 23andme. A report in the NY times reported that 23andme is only about 60% accurate. You do not want to have erroneous information regarding your genome!
What we have learned in past several years is that it is the epigenome, lifestyle factors that turn genes on an off, that is actually more important than your genome. This is why knowing your genome and then making intelligent and precise decisions with supplements, diet and exercise can keep the ‘bad’ genes from being expressed.
At The Johnson Center we take everything into account to provide you with a blueprint on which to create your roadmap for health.
We incorporate your genome, bloodwork, metabolome, personal history, family history and lifestyle factors to create a customized and personal health care plan. Your Wellness Plan is a pro-active, actionable and preventative approach to health.
This is how to and to thrive and live a long and healthy life in the 21st century
Case Study: Heart Disease Risks
Heart disease is the number one cause of death across all age groups, sexes and most ethnicities. One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.
Read more about a few genetic variations that increase your risk of heart disease at any age. All are modifiable and can preventative.
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