The Royal Signature Program: Preventive Genetic Testing

The human body consists of billions of cells, each containing a complete copy of our genetic blueprint in its nucleus. The biological information and hereditary traits contained in the nucleus are encoded in its deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), and arranged in the form of chromosomes. These chromosomes are thin strands of DNS, coiled up like a ball of string, and can be up to two meters long if stretched out.

The information in our DNA is stored in the form of a code comprised of four chemical base: adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C), and thymine (T). These four bases constitute everyone’s basic genetic information, and when they are joined into long strands can be divided into discrete units called genes. Therefore, chromosomes can be thought of as being made up of strings of genes. These genes contain everything that is required to pass information from your parents to you – the genetic blueprint that defines what and a certain extent who you are. In humans, the genome is 99.9% identical from one person to the next. It is the 0.1% variation that distinguishes one individual from another – this is why we look different, and why we get different diseases.

Quick and Convenient Tests

Our Preventive Genetics Tests only require that you refrain from eating and drinking for one hour before the procedure. After conducting a physical exam, your physician will take some of your cheek cell samples for genetic testing using a cotton bud. Within four weeks you will get the results – and recommendations from the doctor that accurately streamline to your genetic blueprint so you can stay healthy.

Currently, our preventive genetic testing is divided into specific groups of genes relevant to patterns of risk factors for an evaluation of an individual’s predisposition to certain diseases. This inherited genetic risk of various diseases is refined by selecting the genetic needs. These gene-specific tests include:

  • Andrology: Evaluation of the genetic risk of prostate cancer, thrombosis, osteoporosis, chronic inflammation and metabolic imbalance leading to poor detoxification.
  • Gynecology: Evaluation of long-term exposure to estrogens, bone metabolism hormone replacement therapy, and possible breast cancer risk due to the patient’s genetic profile.
  • Obstetrics: Evaluation of the risk of complications in pregnancy such as thrombosis.
  • Pharmacology: Identification of genetic variations that influence metabolism, efficiency and adverse effects of medications.
  • Cardiology: Extended risk evaluation of arteriosclerosis, obesity, disordered lipid metabolism, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and stroke.
  • Nutrigenetics: Identification of genetic variations that influence the processing of nutrients in the body. The latest studies suggest that the interplay between DNA and diet may have a powerful influence on what we like to eat, which may impact on how your diet affects your risk of getting certain diseases. The results of this test enable the specialist to design an optimal individualized nutrition program and diet plan to meet each patient’s unique requirements.

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