Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Stroke
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women worldwide, responsible for the deaths of 600,000 American every year.
Heart attacks are popularly considered a men’s health issue, but women are just as likely to be affected, and are more likely to die within a year of the attack. For most people, the only indication of being at-risk for heart attack is being diagnosed with high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Cholesterol levels and hypertension are only a part of the equation. A person’s ability to process nutrients, reduce oxidative stress, and inflammatory response also play a critical role in defending against this deadly disease.
Diabetes increases the risk of death from heart disease up to 400%. Diabetics are responsible for more than 20% of health care costs. 86 million Americans are estimated to be prediabetic. Without major improvements in prevention, as many as 1 in 3 adult Americans could have diabetes by 2050.
Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when a person has several of these abnormalities in blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol and obesity may also be part of the picture. Those with metabolic syndrome may be at even higher risk for heart attacks than those with only one of these areas being out of balance.
Genomic testing can identify individual vulnerabilities that contribute to the development of heart disease and diabetes. But data alone is not enough. We also provide specific action steps to make the right dietary and lifestyle choices for risk reduction and prevention.
The Ultimate Wellness genomic test provides a comprehensive evaluation of many of these areas related to heart disease and diabetes, including:
Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Glucose Utilization & Metabolism, Hypertension, Stress Response, Lipid Metabolism, Metabolic Syndrome, Oxidative Stress, Renin-Angiotensin System, Salt Sensitivity, Stroke, Micronutrients, Methylation/Homocysteine, Inflammation.
Pharmacogenomic testing can help you guide your patients to the right medications when diet and lifestyle are not enough.
Learn more about using genomics in your practice in our Genomic Medicine Certification Program.