Health Risks Ageing

Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Ageing is

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What does this mean?

 Your genotypes indicate that you do not have increased susceptibility to ageing.

How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?

This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Ageing.

These are the genes tested for Ageing:

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Limitations

This report does not diagnose any health conditions or provide medical advice. This should not be used as a diagnostic tool.
This result is limited to existing scientific research.
Please consult with a healthcare professional before making any major lifestyle changes or if you have any other concerns about your results.

What is Ageing?

Ageing is the process of becoming older. This occurs progressively as we age due to the decrease in cellular processes that function to maintain homeostasis (balance in the body). The decline in metabolic functions increases the risk for diseases as well. Ageing can be determined by genetics and is affected by environmental factors. Several signs of ageing include reduced physical capabilities and changes in physical appearance, such as wrinkles on your skin. As age-related conditions are the leading causes of death and increasing health-care costs, reducing the rate of ageing would have enormous medical and financial benefits. In this context, nutrition and lifestyle are the most important contributors to longevity and healthy ageing.

How It Affects Your Body

As you age, the body produces less collagen, resulting in formation of wrinkles and dry skin. The ageing process also begins when cells start to lose their ability to function properly. Cell repair functions decline and waste products accumulate. As a result, damaged or dead skin cells become apparent on the face and skin. Joints and muscles also progressively become weaker and less flexible. This shows that the body is less capable of healing itself, thus increasing the risk of developing various diseases due to weakened immune system.

How may it affect your body

As you age, the body produces less collagen, resulting in formation of wrinkles and dry skin. The ageing process also begins when cells start to lose their ability to function properly. Cell repair functions decline and waste products accumulate. As a result, damaged or dead skin cells become apparent on the face and skin. Joints and muscles also progressively become weaker and less flexible. This shows that the body is less capable of healing itself, thus increasing the risk of developing various diseases due to weakened immune system.

Signs and Symptoms

Risk Factors Can Influence The Risk of Developing Ageing

Genetics are NOT the only risk factor for Ageing.
Ageing is believed to be caused by a combination of environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors. Now that you have learnt about your genetic risk, you can determine how aggressively you need to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.
The earlier in your life that you commit to living a healthy lifestyle, the more you can reduce your risk for or delay the development of Ageing.

Suggested Lifestyle Changes

Dietary Recommendations:

  1. Reduce the consumption of sugar, salt, fats and carbohydrates.
  2. Choose to eat lean protein such as fish, beans and eggs.
  3. Eat more vegetables like red and green bell peppers, broccoli, and spinach, and citrus fruits like oranges as they contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote youthful skin.
  4. To prevent constipation and promote a healthy gut, eat more fibre-rich foods, such as whole grains.
  5. To enhance bone density and health, consume foods that are rich in calcium, such as spinach, soy beans, sardine, tuna, liver, milk, and milk products. Strong bones can also reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  6. Consume vitamin A-rich foods such as oily fish (e.g. salmon, tuna, mackerel), beef liver, cod liver oil, and cheese to promote collagen production and stimulate cell growth, thus helping to slow down the ageing process.
  7. Eat more nuts and spices, which exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. This may lower the declination of age-related cognitive (ie. thinking and memory) abilities and the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases.
  8. Dietary intake of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can help to improve symptoms of ageing. Spirulina, which is a good source of GLA, exhibits good antioxidant properties.

Lifestyle Recommendations:

  1. Avoid sun exposure by using sunscreens to block or reduce skin exposure to UV radiation.

Exercise Recommendations:

  1. Regularly exercising for at least a total of 150 minutes per week can bring great health benefits to your body.
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