GET­TING PER­SONAL

ELLE (Australia) - - Fiction -

Just when you thought our ob­ses­sion with mi­cro-plan­ning couldn’t get any more fever­ish, the era of DNA test­ing in the health space is upon us, with DIY pro­fil­ing kits tak­ing well­ness per­son­al­i­sa­tion up a notch. From blood sam­ples to saliva swabs, com­pa­nies such as EASYDNA are giv­ing us an in­side scoop on our in­sides and putting us in the driver’s seat of our health, pre­dict­ing dis­eases we might be pre­de­ter­mined to as well as learn­ing how our bod­ies re­spond to dif­fer­ent foods and ex­er­cise.

While dis­cov­er­ing that your slow-twitch mus­cle fi­bres never des­tined you to be a sprinter might steer you to­wards a barre stu­dio, ex­perts warn that DNA test­ing isn’t a crys­tal ball into ev­ery facet of your health. “A lot of peo­ple want that prom­ise to be re­alised be­fore the ev­i­dence is re­ally there to show the util­ity,” says Dr Paul La­caze, head of the Pub­lic Health Ge­nomics pro­gram at Monash Uni­ver­sity. “So in the med­i­cal world, we’re go­ing through a re­ally im­por­tant phase of gen­er­at­ing that ev­i­dence to find out which ge­netic fac­tors do play an im­por­tant role and which ge­netic fac­tors can be used to im­prove health and medicine. As far as nu­tri­tion goes, there’s po­ten­tial value in iden­ti­fy­ing food al­ler­gies by your genes, but it’s not that straight­for­ward.”

With DNA test­ing slated to be­come the fu­ture of health map­ping, nail­ing those sum­mer­body goals and mak­ing sci­ence­based New Year’s res­o­lu­tions (that you can stick to) has never been a more achiev­able re­al­ity. DNA test­ing is the fu­ture, and if you’re open to it, hav­ing a deeper un­der­stand­ing of your body can help you make bet­ter health de­ci­sions right now.

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