Thursday, September 9, 2010

The humble truth of genes (5)

Knowing genes are equally important as the environmental factors,
we should harness information from genes
to help us to improve our environmental factors.

For examples:
If we know from genetic screenings that
we are susceptible to cancer,
we should tailor our diet to contain more antioxidant or pick up a less stressful job.

If we know that we have gene variants that lead to higher cholesterol level in our body,
then we may take more folate to prevent inflammation of LDL.

The idea is to acknowledge the significance of genes,
but not to exaggerate the 'power' of genes.

Some time ago, I received an email from a friend asking for opinion whether
she should go for a genetic screening, as many of her relatives had cancers.

My suggestion then was that there wasn't a need to do a genetic screen,
as the family trend was already a virtual genetic screen!
There is no need to spend the extra money on the fanciful technologies
which tells the same as traditional methods do.

However if one happens to be unwell since young/birth for no obvious reason,
it's beneficial to go for genetic screening to get some clues what may have gone wrong.

What is most important is that we do the necessary changes accordingly in our lifestyle and diet
when the genetic cause is identified (instead of taking drugs to target the 'causative' gene)

There is no right or wrong as to how a genetic information is used,
but it's important to get educated on where gene is positioned in our lives
and take the corresponding action to improve our health via humble and practical means.
(hence the purpose of this blog series)

Well regards,
Kee Yew

{Learning Holistic Wellness for Wisdom and Compassion}

1 comment:

  1. Just to add on, altho' some readers may not be able to appraciate the jargons within, but the essential message lies in the first key word in the title of this scientific article:

    Multi-variant pathway association analysis reveals the importance of genetic determinants of estrogen metabolism in breast and endometrial cancer susceptibility.

    -- it's always multi-factorial, even to make a disease happen, even down to the micro-perspective of genetic contribution.


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