Why DNA-Based Health Plans are the Future
With so much health information on the internet available, it can be hard to know what to trust, especially when it comes to future medical advancements. DNA testing is a proven and exciting way to personalise a health plan to your needs and is quickly becoming more readily available to the average consumer. But what benefits does DNA testing for medical conditions provide? We discuss in detail how this practice can be used to inform medicine use, health risks, diet, and exercise, and what it all means for the future.
One of the clearest benefits of DNA testing right now is in determining a patient’s potential reactions to different types of medicines. For a patient who may be stressed or hesitant about taking a type of medicine due to a previous bad reaction, or someone who simply just wants to be sure, having DNA testing done can give some peace of mind by identifying potential reactions before they happen.
As DNA testing becomes more widely studied, the amount of new information we learn about how genetics interact with medicine will advance medical practices significantly. This will be valuable in future health plans as medical experts can then tailor the medicines and dosages according to the patient’s DNA profile.
Discover Health Risks
Another pre-emptive benefit to DNA testing in New Zealand is the ability to pick up certain risk levels of dangerous genetic conditions. Patients can use that information with a wider health plan to then lower those risks. For instance, you could find out you have a higher risk of developing melanoma, which might prompt you to wear sunblock more diligently, or invest in a good wide-brimmed hat for the summer. As we pick these risks up earlier and earlier in the future, there is potential for amazing long-term benefits for patients’ health.
The food we eat is a massive part of any quality health plan, and with DNA testing we can take personalisation to the next level. Rather than getting caught up in the latest fad diets, you can learn exactly which foods you can eat more of and which foods you should avoid based on your unique genetic blueprint.
DNA testing can give you insight into whether you have high fat or carbohydrate sensitivity, which can be used to plan your eating. With personalised genetic information you can use this blueprint to help you reach your health goals without using unreliable diet techniques.
You can also learn more about what exercise styles your body is most suited to. You may have a body type where you are more suited for power sports like sprinting, weightlifting, wrestling, or you may find your body will excel at long-distance endurance sports like running, swimming, or cycling.
This information can inform your exercise choices so that you can see optimal results for your health faster. Until recently, this has been information only available to the top athletes in the world, so as it becomes more and more available, the average person can see massive benefits.
Learn More About the Future of Medicine
Discover more about how science is informing the future of medicine. Contact us at Edison Clinic, the top medical experts for developing personalised and science-based care and discover your health plan today.