“What can I do? It’s all up to my genes,”
In the last couple years there has been an intense awareness of the importance and the role of genetics in our risk to develop diseases and disorders. There is a definite connection between your genes and the development of health problems such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression. The link between genetics in sport endurance, recovery and injury is one of the fastest and very exciting developments in epigenetics.
Two main groups of genes are known:
- High penetrance genes
- Low penetrance genes
Only a small percentage of genes are high penetrance which means we cannot change how these genes will express them and lifestyle changes have a small effect on them. Down syndrome is an example.
However, the larger percentage of genes are low penetrance genes which mean factors like environment, exercise and lifestyle, diet can have a profound influence on how these genes will express themselves.
Our genes are modified by the choices we make every day – the foods we put in our bodies, the chemicals we are exposed to, how active we choose to be, and even our social environments.” How well your genes function will determine how healthy you will be.”
Genetic tests are now available to determine whether a person carry copies of specific genes that put them at higher risk for developing various diseases. Knowing that one possesses copies of specific genes can assist in making good choice about your future health.
Genetic tests can be done to optimise weight loss, management and metabolism, determine your risk for developing chronic disease and how to make the right dietary choice to minimise these risks, personalise a diet and lifestyle if estrogenic-dominant conditions affects certain target tissue. It is of benefit for men and women that have this disorder. If you are a keen sports man we can test your potential, endurance, risk for injuries and recovery time to enable you to achieve top success. If you have a family history of any of these diseases or want to compete at top levels, it will make good sense to test your genetic profile and start with to manage your health.
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz