We can imagine the genes as the blueprint of a house. The project is read and interpreted by the masons. If the project is done badly, the house falls or hangs like the Tower of Pisa.
Our DNA contains millions of genes (projects). Each gene leads to the production of a molecule (the house).
The study of polymorphisms is used to assess if the project is well or badly written and if there are “altered molecules” that could lead to or predisposing to the development of certain diseases.
Taking the test will allow us to understand our weaknesses and which diseases we are more prone to. At the same time, this analysis will allow us to implement therapeutic and dietary strategies with the purpose of preventing their onset.
Which polymorphisms are analysed?
Depending on the clinical and familiar story, more or fewer genes will be investigated. An example would be the MTHFR study that comes into play in folic acid metabolism. If positive, such a result may be related to cardiovascular diseases. If this test is positive, integrating folic acid to reset the increased risk should be enough.
Who should test genetic polymorphisms?
The earlier it is performed, the better the results are in terms of prevention.
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