How Much Does Your DNA Determine Your Health?

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While many of us would like to believe that our daily actions completely determine our healthiness, what we eat and how much exercise we get is only one part of the picture.

A more important part of being healthy is to find out if our DNA is contributing to one or more health problems.

Weight

With advanced ancestry DNA testing from Test Smartly Labs, you can find out if your DNA is contributing to your obesity problem.  The tests will give detailed descriptions of genetic markers which could be influencing how your body processes calories. 

Then this information can be used to plan a diet that works with your DNA.  It also can be used to structure an exercise program that will work with your particular genes.

Another one of the tests that can be performed is a liver profile.  Since the liver processes fats, this can also give you more clues to proper weight management. 

Allergies

One of the most surprising issues that can be identified through ancestry DNA testing is the issue of allergies.

Food allergies are particularly difficult to identify without DNA testing.  The traditional way to determine if you have a food allergy can take months and months.  You have to keep a strict food diary and systematically eliminate one food from your diet and then see if your symptoms go away.

For example, if you are thinking you might have a gluten sensitivity you would need to eliminate gluten from your diet completely for a few months and see if you feel better.  There is gluten in many foods that we don’t realize is there.

Or you can order ancestry DNA testing from Test Smartly Labs and find out instantly.  One of the items returned by your advanced test is gluten sensitivity.   Lactose intolerance is another food sensitivity that can be found through DNA testing. 

Identifying one particular food sensitivity can even save your life.  DNA testing can identify a peanut allergy.  Eating peanuts when you don’t know you have this allergy could be life-threatening and require a trip to the emergency room.

Heart Health

Everyone knows by now that cholesterol levels in your blood have an effect on the circulatory system.  Having high cholesterol levels increases your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.  With ancestry DNA testing you can find out all the cholesterol levels you need to help you decide how to handle your diet:  total cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoproteins, and low-density lipoproteins.

Hormone Testing

As any menopausal woman can tell you, hormone levels drastically affect our mental well-being and our emotions.  When one hormone is out of balance it affects all bodily functions.  Hormone levels can affect weight loss or gain.  Hormone imbalance can cause excessive sweating, sleep problems, fatigue, and problems with focus. 

Our hormone blood tests can also help with infertility problems.  One of the tests measures FSH and LH – follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone.  Both of these hormones work together to control the menstrual cycle. 

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