Men's Health (South Africa) - - WEALTH -

Your genes de­ter­mine ev­ery­thing about you, from your eye colour to your height. Ge­netic test­ing is no longer just used to de­ter­mine pa­ter­nity. Now prac­ti­tion­ers are us­ing this in­for­ma­tion to of­fer per­son­alised health and fit­ness so­lu­tions. All it re­quires is a sim­ple swab of your cheek.

Strug­gling to lose weight? Fit­ness lev­els reached a plateau? Your genes are prob­a­bly the rea­son. Com­pa­nies like the 3X4 clinic and DNAnl­y­sis use the sam­ple from your cheek to de­ter­mine your ge­netic make-up. Based on this, they can tai­lor fit­ness and health so­lu­tions. They can tell you whether your body will re­act bet­ter to high-in­ten­sity work­outs or if you’re more likely to see re­sults with an en­durance ac­tiv­ity such as run­ning.

For years now, health­care prac­ti­tion­ers have been us­ing ge­netic test­ing to es­tab­lish whether pa­tients were likely to de­velop life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses such as can­cer and Alzheimer’s dis­ease. In 2019, we’re us­ing our genes to take bet­ter care of our health and fit­ness.

Based on your DNA, prac­ti­tion­ers can as­cer­tain what you need for op­ti­mal health and nu­tri­tion. Learn how to man­age your weight, im­prove your ath­letic per­for­mance and get clearer skin, all with one com­pre­hen­sive sum­mary.

Gone are the days when doc­tors took a “one­size-fits-all” or “trial-and-er­ror” ap­proach. Now you’re able to make smarter life choices based on your ge­netic code.

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