Precision Health is an emerging and exciting concept within the field of healthcare. Precision Healthcare refers to the use of your unique genetic profile along with biomarkers, lifestyle and historical health questionnaires to design a completely tailored health plan.
There are many ways Precision Health can help improve health care outcomes. With continuing research and development worldwide, the potential benefits are limitless.
So, how can Precision Health Care serve you?
1. It helps you understand your genetic blueprint.
Each of us is incredibly unique. It stands to reason that the same inputs with regards to diet, exercise, sleep and supplementation may yield different results in two people. Understanding your genetic profile provides a blueprint for which we can design a science-based plan to improve your health. It helps us get to key issues quickly and reduces perceived rates of failure when implementing lifestyle plans because results can be seen more quickly.
2. It allows us to personalise your nutritional protocol
Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, Atkins, Intermittent Fasting. With a magnitude of conflicting information on which diet can help you maintain a healthy weight, it’s no wonder many of us are confused. Precision Health eliminates this confusion, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to diet, but there is a ‘one size fits you’.
3. It provides insight to problems hindering improvement
In some cases, there can be an imbalance within the body causing progress to be hindered. Having your unique genetic and biomarker data helps us to identify and rectify these imbalances in order to allow your body to function at its optimum.
A common example of this phenomenon is a pre-existing hormonal condition such as low thyroid. In this instance, we need to treat the root cause of the hypothyroidism before we can improve your metabolic optimisation and ability to lose weight.
4. It allows us to tailor your exercise programme to get best results
First and foremost, your prescribed movement needs to be goal-oriented. Understanding your goals will by in large determine the frequency, intensity, and type of exercise that you should be doing.
Overtraining is often counterproductive, so understanding your genetic profile will help us to establish how your body responds to physiological stress and where your threshold for over training might be.
A 40-minute run may well be less effective for you than a 10-minute high-intensity workout!
5. Precision health shows us the importance of sleep tracking.
An important focus for our clients is understanding sleep routines and educating them on the repercussions of poor sleep. Poor sleep-hygiene is extremely detrimental to our health. In fact, studies have shown a direct correlation between a lack of sleep and the Alzheimer's disease.
Our Edison Care plan clients have their sleep hygiene remotely monitored using a sleep tracking ring called Oura. The sleep metrics help us to quantify client progress and intervene if/when required.
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