Health Information From Blood

What can my blood tell me?

Blood carries many measurable biomarkers reflective of current and future health. DNA, RNA, protein, lipids, minerals, and metabolites contained within the blood can all provide unique insights into an individual’s health and potential future risks.

What can my DNA tell me?

First and foremost, genetic content (DNA) contained within your white blood cells provides a blueprint that outlines your genetically inherited predisposition to certain diseases that sometimes have links to Alzheimer’s, breast cancer and hemochromatosis (iron overload) and many others. Likewise, mutations or changes to your DNA in these cells accumulates over time and when measured, can be key indicators of accumulated disease risk.

Outside of the health related information mentioned above, your blood can also provide unique insights into a variety of things like:

  • Carrier Status - for certain genetically inherited disorders
  • Pharmacogenomics - for how your body might react or respond to different drugs
  • HLA-type - for tissue transplant matching
  • Genetic Ancestry
  • Lifestyle Traits
  • Identity
  • Paternity
  • Accumulated (Somatic) Disease

What can my blood plasma tell me?

Biomarkers contained within the blood plasma such as proteins, lipids, minerals and metabolites are often used as a measure of organ or system health and disease.

For example:

  • Creatinine, is used to measure kidney health
  • Bilirubin and albumin measure liver health
  • Cardiac troponin, creatine kinase, cholesterol, measure cardiovascular health
  • CA 19-9 (pancreatic), PSA (prostate), CA 125 (ovarian) and AFP (liver), are all biomarkers used to diagnose and monitor different forms of cancer

Benchmarking and monitoring the change of these key biomarkers over time can play a key role in better managing individual health outcomes.

Why you should store your cells

Cells and the DNA within them accumulate injuries as you age and are therefore less able to carry out certain functions such as correcting damage to DNA, generating new cells, generating energy, and other key roles. Read more here.

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