About genetics

Our genetic makeup determines our appearance (the colour of our hair and eyes, if we are tall or short) and how we respond to different external factors (nutrients, physical activities, medications). Our DNA can explain how we metabolize certain substances and how our body can lose and gain weight.

You may have already heard someone saying “He walks like his father” or “She has mom’s smile”. It is a fact! Genes play an essential role in passing characteristics across generations, being responsible for the similarities between parents and their children.
Despite those likenesses, our DNA is only ours and is unique! In the whole world, not even two persons (except if they would be identical twins) could have exactly the same DNA.

Genetic testing

Not so long time ago, the knowledge about genetics was still very limited and we were unable to understand how our genes influence the characteristics we’ve inherited from our ancestors. Now, the scenario is quite different and highly promising! We are lucky to have access to an incredible base of genetic knowledge that increases day-to-day. Moreover, now we benefit from advanced techniques that can translate the genome’s complexity to our simple understanding.

Genetic analyses are a powerful tool to discover ourselves. By having your DNA analyzed, you can access valuable information that only a few years ago was unattainable! You will learn what is the best nutrition based on your genes and how your body reacts to certain foods, ingredients and vitamins; you can discover if you inherited any genetic risk to develop different diseases; you will understand how you respond to various medications; you will learn how to keep your skin young and rejuvenated and get insight on which sports activities are more beneficial for you.

GenePlanet will help you to achieve a more fulfilling lifestyle by discovering your own features and abilities carried by your DNA. Our DNA tests provide new insights and tailored actions plans that are aimed at personalised prevention, so you can adjust your lifestyle by choosing the optimal path for achieving long-term health and well-being. Discovering your genes is the first step to live a healthier and fulfilling life.

Glossary

Insulin

A hormone that regulates blood sugar level.

Insulin resistance

The state of our body being irresponsive to insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar level.

Intensity

The level of exertion. Or, “how hard is the effort, relative to one’s maximal capacity”. In the endurance field, intensity usually refers to a given percent of the maximal heart rate (e.g. 70%HRmax for a moderate Intensity). In the strength training field, it is usually presented by RM (repetitions maximum).

Interval training

Training that combines bouts of moderate to high-intensity performance with rest periods between them. The intensity of the bouts and the recovery time should be well planned and depend on the final goal of the training.

Intron

A part of the gene sequence, also termed the non-coding gene sequence. Introns are found between exons and are spliced out during transcription, resulting in splicing together of exons. Proteins are formed only from exons.

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