Genetic/genomic testing can be helpful to understanding your genetic susceptibilities and tailoring your lifestyle and preventive efforts to key areas. Doing so can keep you healthier longer, help you know what lifestyles changes to focus on going forward, and point to any further testing that could be helpful to protect your health and longevity.
Your genetic profile is unique. It can be fascinating to learn about your genetic makeup, and it gives you insight into ways of optimizing your health that are specific and tailored to you.
The problem with many genetic tests on the market is that they aren’t tailored to a health and wellness setting, or may be inaccurate due to the technology being used. We are partnered with leading testing companies to ensure the highest level of accuracy and the relevance of genetic information you receive.
Genetic testing is a fairly new science, however it is already useful in focusing your prevention efforts and optimize your health and wellbeing. Some leading doctors estimate that as much as 90% of illnesses, issues, and other things we develop may be due to our genetic makeup. Our genes are a biological program that tells our cells and bodies what to do.
Since genetics is a new and developing area of health science, it can be difficult for consumers to understand which labs are credible, which types of tests are useful, and how to interpret the information from your genetic test. Genetic testing and genomics are complex disciplines that few clinics do well. PRESENCE has made sure to partner with leading experts and employ the very latest technology in the field that gives you information you can use to enhance and protect your health and wellness.
In addition to understanding how you can optimize your health and wellness based on your genetic code, genetic testing can also be helpful in identifying certain physiological susceptibilities and flagging the potential for disease development. Our genomic testing also offers you clues to how you can tailor your diet and nutrition for the most benefit, and how to focus your lifestyle efforts for maximum health and wellness.
For our genetic and genomics program, PRESENCE is partnered with both local and national experts and labs, including leading experts in the field of genetics. Working with partners supports us to offer leading-edge testing and evaluation. The tailored genetic tests we use are geared toward understanding your nutritional, personal and mental/emotional health related genes and presenting you with clear information that you can implement for greater wellbeing.
Genetics: The study of individual genes that are passed from generation to generation and the impact of those specific, single genetic variants on an individual.
Genomics: The study of the collective impact of multiple genes within an individual, how they work together, and how they interact with other parts of the full genome and with one’s environment.
Epigenetics: The study of gene expression. Not a study of the genes themselves or of the genome, but rather what causes genetic traits to express themselves and become manifest, both due to internal and external stressors and circumstances.
For the genetics nerds:
While there has been some excitement in the field about whole exome testing, exome analysis only measures exons and can miss important variants that lie in introns and related areas. Whole genome testing is now available but does not offer much valuable actionable data (due to treatment protocols and interpretive methodologies) beyond a tailored array for health and wellness. Interpretations of whole-exome and whole-genome tests can be data-heavy and inefficient at relaying important findings to consumers. While SNPs testing can also miss certain variants relative to whole exome testing, a custom array focused on a pharmacogenetic profile still offers the most valuable targeting and actionable interpretive data on the key variants for clinical health and wellness settings.
Within the realm of SNPs testing, there is wide variation in the quality of providers, test methodologies, lab work and interpretive results. It is critical to tune custom chips based on comprehensive peer-reviewed research and not on isolated studies, especially when considering diversity of race and ethnicity in test subjects. In the field of genetics, there are well-known experts, academic degrees and programs, labs, accreditation and university departments that stand out from the rest due to their due diligence in best practices. We only work with best of breed experts, labs and departments to bring you the best in genetic testing and relevant, actionable results.