Customized health plans based on your DNA? The wave of the future? Actually a company called IQ YOU HEALTH is currently putting together a comprehensive health plan for people based on their DNA, recent lab test results, and their lifestyle history. The term for that is epibiogenetics.
Intellectually and intuitively I’ve known the importance of detoxing, living a natural life, eating organically, and getting daily exercise. And I’ve put that knowledge into daily practice. But I still experienced hormone balance problems at menopause, fatigue and pain, high blood pressure, and unwanted weight gain.
So I decided to invest $279 that includes the full comprehensive DNA testing. I already had my DNA testing done through Ancestry.com but health DNA testing is much different and I wanted the newer testing that looks at specific health risk chromosomes. This DNA testing is looking for SNP’s.
“Single nucleotide polymorphisms, frequently called SNPs (pronounced “snips”), are the most common type of genetic variation among people. Researchers have found SNPs that may help predict an individual’s response to certain drugs, susceptibility to environmental factors such as toxins, and risk of developing particular diseases.” Excerpt from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
I just received my DNA test results back.
I have about 20 SNP’s in the endocrine area which is why hormone balance has been difficult for me and why some people, without those SNP’s, have no menopause issues. Many of my endocrine related SNP’s are also obesity mutations. In horse terms, I would be considered an “easy keeper.” In human terms, I probably inherited those genes because my ancestors were hardy and they were the ones who survived famines. In real terms, thanks to genetics, I have an uphill battle to maintain a healthy weight.
I have several SNP’s related to lactose intolerance … really, I had no idea? I have never had issues with dairy that I can recall, but I will try to cut back on cheese. Oh, how I love cheese … cheddar, mozzarella, feta, hot pepper cheese … cutting back will be difficult.
It’s a good thing I actively work on reducing environmental toxins and have a regular detox regimen because I also had many SNP’s that are supposed to make detoxing difficult … and thus lead to inflammation and increased pain.
One of the most interesting set of SNP’s were those related to relaxing my blood vessel walls (or actually not allowing the blood vessel walls to relax). I have faulty nitrous oxide pathways which is leading to high blood pressure. I knew it wasn’t simply sodium like the doctor suggested.
The secondary action of the blood vessel walls being unable to relax puts me physiologically in a sympathetic stress response. This creates a cascade that tells my mind I’m in danger when I’m not … it’s not my thoughts, it’s not my emotions, it’s not external stress, it is from my body’s DNA. And the sympathetic nervous system stress cascade affects the heart, the lungs, muscle tightness and more. Wow. That makes a lot of sense for me and takes away the guilty feeling of why I feel stressed out when my life is actually really good. Now I know why, it’s in my DNA not my environment.
There were good things on the DNA report too. My immune system was good, my neurological system was good, my muscles and bones were good (i.e. I’m not prone to arthritis) and my urinary/kidney system was good.
The IQYOU HEALTH website reports also give recommendations for diet, exercise, and supplementation. I found out I have a gene that impacts Vitamin D levels and I need high levels of supplementation or will be at risk for a cardiovascular event. Yikes, bring on the Vitamin D! No wonder I loved laying out in the sun as a kid, I just felt better getting my Vitamin D from sunshine. They also recommended (based on my DNA) that I will utilize Black Cohosh much better than other people for hormone balance. And they recommended that I supplement with high levels of potassium to support blood vessel relaxation.
I’ve started implementing their recommendations and my blood pressure immediately went down. All in all, I felt this venture was well worth the investment. I like knowing what I’m physically made of (DNA) and how it impacts my health and what I can do about it. I like their research-based “specific to me” recommendations so I can continue to bolster my health.
If you’ve been on the fence about trying something like this, I can honestly say the small investment is worth the price! The only downside with the service I purchased was that I got a year of their IQYOU free but I had to request that it not be automatically renewed at their $90 annual rate. I just hate automatic renewals on things like that. But other than that, it was a great service! Aren’t you curious about what’s in your DNA?