Your DNA and healthy aging: you can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.
This is the first genetic test designed to help you take a proactive approach towards aging.
The PhosphorusONE genetic test is the first genetic test that provides a holistic approach to aging. Understand your predisposition for neurodegenerative disease, vision loss, hearing loss and more, and begin to act sooner so that you can age more gracefully.
What can my genes tell me to expect as I get older?
Most of us are privileged to live in a time where infectious disease is no longer our biggest concern when it comes to our mortality. Modern science and medicine has made incredible strides helping to eradicate disease, immunize our populations and we more than doubled the life expectancy from that of our ancestors thousands of years ago.
However, as humans began to live longer, we encountered new sets of health concerns – many driven by the failure of internal systems within our bodies. It can be argued that we never really evolved to live as long as we do now, that’s why some of our organs simply do not stand the test of time.
Cancers, exogenously driven heart-disease, stroke, and other age-associated degenerative diseases are the healthcare challenge of our century, and while modern science has made great strides in starting to tackle these maladies, we still have a long way to go.
Genetics is not the answer across the board, but it can help guide an individual understanding as to where some of us face greater risk. The PhosphorusONE test provides information on the following age-associated degenerative diseases, and may be used by your physician to help take a proactive approach as you enter this next phase of life:
Neurodegenerative Disease: Nearly 10% of us will develop some form of tremor-related disease, neuromuscular disorder, or dementia by the time we reach age 65. While staggeringly high, it turns out that some of us are at higher risk than others – with the potential to be affected earlier in life as well. The PhosphorusONE test can help identify these risks, and guide you to seek a specialty physician, make lifestyle changes, or engage with novel therapeutic interventions early enough to be impactful.
Vision Loss: Progressive loss of vision takes many forms from Cataracts to Macular Degeneration. While much of vision loss still lacks adequate therapeutically or surgical interventions, newer research suggests that the rate of degeneration can be meaningfully slowed by adding specific supplements and vitamins to your diet. In some specific cases, specialty medications have been developed. The catch: you need to start doing this early on in your symptoms – or even better – before symptoms begin. The PhosphorusONE test will tell you if you are at higher risk for diseases like Age-Related Macular Degeneration so you can take action before you lose sight.
Heart Disease: One in four Americans from heart disease. The underlying cause can vary from coronary artery disease to electrical disorders. Your genetics can help you understand your personal risk, and take action to mitigate your risk today. Moreover, understanding how you metabolize drugs used to treat episodes of care (think heart attack, atrial fibrillation) may actually save your life.
Hearing Loss: As we age, our hearing is another sense that starts to diminish for nearly everyone. In fact, 30% percent of individuals aged 65 and above utilize some form of hearing aid or experience symptoms of tinnitus. The timeline for losing your hearing however, varies greatly across the population. Specific genes contribute to tinnitus earlier in life and a predisposition to loss of hearing. If you are at high risk, changing certain habits today can lower your risk of losing your vision tomorrow. Research suggests that everything from diet to use of earbuds and volume at musical concerts can negatively affect your hearing; reducing exposures are impactful in affecting change.
Who should get this test?
While the information in this can be beneficial at almost any age (over 18), we believe strongly that those aged 45 and older stand to benefit most from this information. This is typically early enough where there is still time to intervene before symptoms are severe.