Genetic Predisposition

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Genetic Predisposition

Genetic tests offered by SpectraCell are a special piece of the clinical puzzle. The additional guidance this testing offers provides you with a truly personalized scope of preventive treatment. In addition to offering genetic markers for cardiovascular diseases (MTHFR), SpectraCell was the first lab to commercially offer Telomere Testing.

MTHFR Genotyping 

Mutations in this enzyme can affect the metabolism of homocysteine—causing accumulation—and therefore, impair methylation. Methylation is a biochemical process that is involved in numerous functions including cellular repair, energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter production, and immunity, among others. MTHFR mutations have been linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease, blood vessel damage, blood clots (thrombosis), stroke, and degenerative aging.

 

Managing the Aging Process

What are telomeres?

These are sections of DNA at the end of each chromosome that serve as a protective cap to your genetic material. When a cell divides, its telomere becomes shorter until there is no more telomere left to protect DNA from “unraveling,” and the cell dies.

Longer telomeres = Younger cells

Cellular death causes the body to age, thus making telomere length a novel biomarker for biological age. The longer one’s telomeres, the younger one’s biological age.

Factors Impacting Telomere Length

The rate at which telomeres shorten is accelerated by inflammation, oxidative stress, nutritional deficiencies, obesity, and other lifestyle habits. Furthermore, studies have shown that telomere shortening, when expedited, is strongly linked to cardiovascular disease, dementia, stroke, and cancer.

 

SpectraCell’s genetic tests facilitate a more precise plan of action and allows treatments tailored to be most effective for reducing disease risk.

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