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Genetics

The aging process is like an iceberg. We are only acutely aware of what we see.

It is difficult to define how we feel and impossible to see our potential for feeling better and living longer. Every journey has a beginning and the end. We make choices from the first moment of our first breath. The more we know, the more questions should emerge. “It's not denial. I'm just selective about the reality I accept. “If I do what I’ve always done, I’ll get what I’ve always gotten.”

Genetics is the study of heredity. Heredity is a biological process where a parent passes certain genes onto their children or offspring. Having access to information about your genetic predisposition offers invaluable insight about the capacity to endure or succumb on the journey of life.

Genetic information relates to:

A condition that is clinically apparent—to confirm a diagnosis a particular disorder or an condition

A propensity that is latent in order to predict the likelihood that you will, or may, develop the disorder in the future, or may be a carrier for the disease or disorder.

It is your choice to have such a knowledge since it offers both benefits and burden. The benefit of knowing your path and managing the risks by lifestyle changes, makes the journey of living more predictable. Do remember that a gene alone does not cause a medical condition. Environmental, dietary, lifestyle, and other factors play strong epigenetic roles, and all those factors cannot be controlled in studies.