The Key to Understanding Your Health and Taking Preventative Measures

The Key to Understanding Your Health and Taking Preventative Measures

March 24, 2020

Your genes influence many aspects of your health, but it can be difficult to determine exactly what conditions and diseases you are genetically prone to. Genomics can help you and your doctor build a care plan that best suits your needs, and may lower your risk of developing certain conditions.

At My Health 360 in Clarence, New York, Dr. Umbrine Fatima and her team provide genomic testing for those who want to get a clearer picture of why their health is the way it is, and what their health might be in the future. We work with you to provide both insight and a personalized plan that will help you enjoy better health--now and in the years to come.

Genomics basics

If you’re a fan of the hit show “Orphan Black”, you probably know that your complete set of DNA makes up your individual genome. If you’re not, here it is in a nutshell: genetics looks at individual genes, while genomics looks at how all of your genes interact with each other and your environment. 

When individual genes first started to be isolated, doctors were able to connect individual genes to clearly-inherited conditions, such as birth defects and issues like sickle cell anemia. However, as our understanding of the human genome grew, it became clear that our genome plays a role in almost every aspect of our health and bodily functions. 

Genomics testing is in its infancy, but an important application of genomics is screening and diagnosing people at hereditary risk for health conditions.

Genomics testing

Genomics testing can do a number of things, depending on what you're being tested for. My Health 360 offers a number of different panels that focus on specific aspects of your health. These range from athletic performance and weight loss to mental health and pharmacology. 

We can determine whether or not you’re genetically predisposed to become overweight, which medications you should definitely avoid, and how to tweak your lifestyle for better overall health.

How we use genomics-led healthcare

Once your genomics testing is completed, Dr. Fatima creates a complete health plan for you that includes treatment or prevention tactics for any conditions you may be predisposed to getting. Your plan may include:

  • Switching medications or cutting back on medications
  • Chiropractic care
  • Changing your diet
  • New exercise plans
  • Supplements
  • Hormone therapy

Benefits of genomics

Genomics gives you a clearer understanding of your health and how to improve it in both the present and the future. Overall, genomics can arm you with the knowledge to:

  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Properly treat chronic conditions
  • Manage pain
  • Improve your athletic performance
  • Build meal plans tailored for you
  • Choose effective medication alternatives

If you're interested in genomics testing and how it works, talking to an expert is the first step to getting started. Set up a consultation with Dr. Fatima by calling our office today at 716-235-5317 or requesting an appointment online