08 Mar The value of genetic tests for diseases detection
Health is an issue that concerns all of us, possibly being the most valuable asset we have. However, until now, we could only take care of ourselves, both physically and nutritionally, in order to reduce the risk of contracting diseases, but without knowing the impact of our genetic inheritance, as an indicator of our propensity for developing, for example, a tumour or being more prone to osteoarthritis.
Amazing technological advances that have occurred in recent years is changing our ignorance towards the predisposition we have to certain pathologies thanks to DNA tests, which, in addition to their medical benefits, serve to many other purposes, such as knowing our tolerance to different types of food, learning the genetic load we have in relation to our ancestors or measuring our capacity to practice sports.
Although in countries such as the U.S., these tests have become very popular, because many companies operate offering very basic results based on a simple saliva test. In Spain they are being introduced gradually but with a much greater level of detail in the results through hospitals with a clear intention to serve as a key element, mainly in the diagnosis of cancer.
Following this issue, it is very timely to underline the importance of combining these tests with those that measure telomere length -where Life Length offers its TAT® (Telomere Analysis Test)– as they provide very valuable information not only as an indicator of general health, but as a key element to understand which lifestyles influence aging, offering the opportunity to make appropriate modifications. A fundamental test to offer an increasingly preventive and personalized medicine, which serves to support clinical decision making in early detection and risk stratification.