Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) testing gives you a comprehensive overview of your health, including genetic risk factors and weight loss patterns. At 23 Sandstone Body and Mind Spa, Dr. Alice McKee helps determine genetic factors that are responsible for chronic conditions or that make you more susceptible to common diseases. If you live near Jackson, Tennessee, and want to know about your health and genetic history, consider SNP testing. After about six weeks, your results are available, and Dr. McKee reviews them thoroughly. Call to schedule your appointment for saliva collection with Cindy Hall, MA, or book online today.
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) are genetic variations among people. Each SNP signifies a difference in a nucleotide — the building blocks of your DNA.
SNPs are the most common type of gene variation, and on average, occur once every 300 or so nucleotides. The average person has around 10 million SNPs. Sometimes SNPs help researchers determine which genes are associated with specific conditions and diseases, while other times SNPs play a direct role in a disease and impact a gene’s function.
In most cases, SNPs have no ill effect on your health. Nevertheless, learning what SNPs you have helps you reach your optimal health.
With SNP testing, you can learn what SNPs are in your DNA. In some cases, they may predict sensitivities to certain drugs or toxins, or determine your risk for developing certain diseases, including type II diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
If you have a genetic disease in your family, SNP testing may be able to track the gene and determine your chance of passing on the condition.
If you want to learn all you can about your genes, including how food and exercise impact you, and what diseases and conditions you may be susceptible to, you may want to get SNP testing.
Genetic testing, including SNP tests, isn’t foolproof and rarely gives conclusive results. If you’re concerned that you may be at risk for certain conditions or cancers, SNP testing can determine if you have a higher risk, but not that you will develop the disease. Even if you don’t have the SNP, you may still develop the condition.
Nevertheless, if you’ve received a warning that you may develop a chronic or fatal condition, SNP testing allows you to take precautionary measures, including more frequent cancer screenings, lifestyle changes, or other forms of preventive medicine.
If you’re the carrier of a rare SNP, getting tested may allow researchers to learn something new about the gene, SNP, or even the condition.
If you think you’re at risk of certain chronic conditions or cancers, or just want to live the healthiest life possible, consider SNP testing at 23 Sandstone Body and Mind Spa. Call to schedule your appointment for saliva collection with Cindy Hall MA, and follow up with Dr. McKee, or you can book it online today.