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Knowing Your Personal Genome

Your genome holds the promise to predict your health. We all know that we should eat healthily and exercise regularly if we are to maximise our chances of living long and healthy lives, but what more can we do? Recent advances in genomics are driving a new approach to personalised health, and will transform how doctors will deliver healthcare in the future.

A milestone for humanity was reached in 2003 when the first map of the “typical” human (DNA) genome was published. On the back of this, in the last few years we have witnessed a further revolution in our ability to explore and understand our individual genetic make-up: our personal genome.

The impact of this revolution has been most sharply felt in the development of new drugs for diseases, in particular for some cancers with previously poor survival rates. It is now clear that certain drugs will work well for certain individuals, but not so well for others, depending on their individual genetic profile (an area now referred to as “personalised medicine”).

Precision Medicine

There are many benefits to knowing one’s genetic constitution, such as how one is predisposed to respond to hundreds of prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. At present, physicians take a trial-and-error approach to prescribing. Will the drug your doctor prescribed give the desired effect, or will you need to take more? Will you be so sensitive to the regular dose of a given drug that you have an adverse reaction? Would another drug be more appropriate from the outset?

Knowing more about your personal genome will empower you with the answers to these questions before taking certain medicines.

Precision Medicine

There are many benefits to knowing one’s genetic constitution, such as how one is predisposed to respond to hundreds of prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. At present, physicians take a trial-and-error approach to prescribing. Will the drug your doctor prescribed give the desired effect, or will you need to take more? Will you be so sensitive to the regular dose of a given drug that you have an adverse reaction? Would another drug be more appropriate from the outset?

Knowing more about your personal genome will empower you with the answers to these questions before taking certain medicines.

Personalised Health

Is knowledge of your own genome confined to medical benefits alone? Not at all. There is a wealth of evidence to show that all aspects of our health are governed not only by our environment, lifestyles, and what we eat, but also by our genes.

Even our ancestry can dictate our daily nutrition. Take for example lactose intolerance – rare amongst Northern Europeans but a common problem for East Asians. In another example, each of us has a propensity to be either a long-distance endurance athlete or a short-distance power athlete, determined largely by our individual genetic constitution.

But it is perhaps how we could better interact with our environment on a day-to-day basis that is only just starting to be understood. The biggest growth area of all is in the field of nutrigenomics, and how we can use genetics coupled with optimal nutrition, to achieve better health.

Personalised Health

Is knowledge of your own genome confined to medical benefits alone? Not at all. There is a wealth of evidence to show that all aspects of our health are governed not only by our environment, lifestyles, and what we eat, but also by our genes.

Even our ancestry can dictate our daily nutrition. Take for example lactose intolerance – rare amongst Northern Europeans but a common problem for East Asians. In another example, each of us has a propensity to be either a long-distance endurance athlete or a short-distance power athlete, determined largely by our individual genetic constitution.

But it is perhaps how we could better interact with our environment on a day-to-day basis that is only just starting to be understood. The biggest growth area of all is in the field of nutrigenomics, and how we can use genetics coupled with optimal nutrition, to achieve better health.

Ted Talks

We’ve collated a playlist of video content from various TEDx events, highlighting the revolution in healthcare that advances in genomics signify.

(We are not affiliated with the speakers featured in these talks)

“I’d not received any drastically bad news but there were some elements I should be aware of as I age and some markers that mean I should continue to have regular health checks”

 

– Anonymous

"90 minutes later I emerged out of Elite Medicine’s doors onto Harley Street, armed with my personal report and a determination to lead a healthier life."

 

– Charles Johnson

“The whole process of the testing had been remarkably easy – and I found the knowledge I gained both before the test and after it, truly fascinating. The doctors take huge care to ensure they have a full history and discuss any elements of your health that you find worrisome”

 

– Anonymous

“In my mind it is always so much better to be forewarned. Knowledge is, as they say, power”

 

– Anonymous

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