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Do Genetics Play a Role in Your Health?

Genome sequencing, or genetic data, is rapidly growing and becoming more important in the healthcare ecosystem.

More studies are utilizing genome sequencing data to understand how genetics and ancestry can impact your health and longevity, and more people are using these services than ever before.

Just eating clean and getting outside for a walk isn’t always enough to prevent disease so you can live a long, healthy life. But looking at the genome alone also fails to tell the whole story.

To truly understand how genetics affect your health, you have to connect the dots between other omics data, like the environment (exposome), biometrics (physiome), and more, in order to develop a full picture of your health.

Let’s take a look at how!

Why Understanding Your Genetics Is Important for Health

Genetics and ancestry have gained a lot of interest in the last five years. Companies like Ancestry and 23andMe have taken off by giving people the ability to understand their origins and family tree. More than 30 million people have used these tests, some of whom are using the doc.ai app. These services give insights into genetics, traits, and provide information on one’s carrier status for certain diseases.

These tools are fantastic ways to connect with your genetic background and be in-tune with your ancestry. But just knowing your ancestry isn’t enough to fully understand your health and wellness.

It’s fascinating to learn about the origins of your family tree, but what about how your genetic history can potentially impact your health?

Genetic factors have probably influenced members of your entire family tree, including you!

For example, what genetic traits are you predisposed to? What likely health implications can you expect and how can you get ahead of the curve? How will your genetics impact you, those closest to you, and others in the world, and how can science use that data to prevent it?

Using services like Ancestry and 23andMe can help you better understand your family and genes, otherwise known as the genome.

Genomics is quickly becoming a key component of research due to lowered costs of sequencing, which allows more people to be sequenced. Genomes are unique codes contained in each cell of your body that contain the blueprints of your health and physical characteristics, such as eye color, etc.

A recent study of twins in the United States has given us further insight into how genetic inheritance can impact your health. While data is still not exact in telling us that disease is caused by genetics alone, it’s clear that genetics play a large role in many common diseases around the world.

Using a database of 45 million people and 56,000 pairs of twins, both common and uncommon ailments were studied, like Huntington’s disease, asthma, and cognitive disorders. In fact, the study found that cognitive disorders like ADHD were the most influenced by genetic factors, as opposed to the environment.

Overall, 40% of the 560 diseases studied were heavily influenced by genetics.

But the genome doesn’t tell us the whole truth. Environmental conditions also play an important role in your health. For example, getting asthma can’t be predicted well with genomics, but rather, is more influenced by your surrounding environment.

The study found that at least 40% of the diseases in question were partially caused by genetic influence. It’s clear that genetics can influence the onset of disease, but this shows that they aren’t the only factor.

An omics profile is key to providing data on your pathology, or genetic influences on health conditions, as well as multi-omics; how other omics like the exposome can influence your genes.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to understand your entire health profile, including your genetics!

Using doc.ai to Understand Your Multi-Omics Health

Getting your ancestry and genetic data is a great first step towards understanding your health and longevity.

With doc.ai’s newest genome importer feature, you can now import your raw genomic data from Ancestry and 23andMe. Doing so will help you unlock genomic interpretations right in the doc.ai app.

You will also have direct ownership and clear control of your data for both health predictions and sharing in data trials if you choose to.

Over time this is what you will learn with your doc.ai app from your imported genetic test:

  • Pathology: genetic influences on health conditions.

  • Carrier status: risk of having a child with a particular condition.

  • Pharmacogenomics: genetic influences on medications.

  • Multi-omics: how other omics such as the exposome influences your genes.

  • Genetic risk score: specific score of how your genes may relate to a condition.

This is a great first step, but it is critical to complete an entire omics profile (multi-omics) to get the full scope of health insights available!

Genetics play a role, but they aren’t everything.

As you can imagine, the body is a complex system. The majority of the time, health and disease aren’t governed by a single factor.

Everything from your physical activity to gut health and everything in between will influence your longevity potential.

To really understand how genetics impact your health, it’s critical to connect the dots between genetic markers and your other omics. Using doc.ai, you can build your omics profile to do just that!

You can monitor all of your omics for a complete profile of your health in the doc.ai app.

Your omics profile can include:

  • Genome: your family’s genetic code that specifies traits like eye color and even your risk for certain diseases
  • Clinome: clinical visits and medical procedures you have undergone
  • Phenome: your physical traits like weight, height, age, BMI and more
  • Exposome: the environmental factors you are exposed to, like air quality
  • Proteome: lab tests that give insight into blood and urine health
  • Physiome: measuring your activity and vitals such as heart rate
  • Pharmacome: how the medications and supplements you take impact your health
  • Microbiome: your gut health and healthy bacteria levels

While genetics can tell you amazing information, your overall health picture is incomplete without the rest of your health data points.

doc.ai is a place where you can securely collect, store, and own your data with full control of how you want this data to be used for you and to potentially benefit others through data research. Read here how doc,ai ensures the Ownership, Security and Privacy of Your Data.

Get Started on Your Omics Profile Today!

Genome sequencing has become mainstream, with millions of people using ancestry and genetic services to understand their genes and family origins.

The genome has also gained steam in the research of disease and longevity.

However, on its own, genome data doesn't give you a complete picture of your health. Environmental, physical, and medical factors can shift the health landscape in your body too!

That’s why doc.ai’s multi-omics app is perfect for a well-rounded interpretation of your health.

Ready to get started creating your full omics profile? Download the doc.ai app!