Listen as Dr. Kharazmi shares if genetic testing is an informative indicator for women.
Genetic testing is, I think it’s very important at multiple different levels. One is this. If you have a patient who’s got a strong family history of disease processes such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, risk for rare metabolic conditions, all these patients would really benefit from genetic testing to see if they have that genetic proclivity for developing that disorder.
Now, it may be right now, at the present moment we may not have a solution to address that genetic proclivity in terms of disease process but, certain conditions we do and I’ll tell you what I mean by that. For instance, how you metabolize your hormone that puts you at a higher risk of developing cancer, developing cardiovascular disease because you can metabolize your hormone to a good type of hormone or bad kind of hormone.
And some women have a tendency to body, to metabolize and produce the bad kind and increase their risk for cancer. Now we can interfere in that process if we know that’s happening. We can interfere at a very young age and I am sure you’ve heard of cruciferous vegetables being very cancer-protective.
One of the reasons they are is because they have what we call indol-3-carbinols and that means that if you supplement these patients with indol-3-carbinols or put them on a very high vegetable diet in fact, you can block that pathway from occurring. Now wouldn’t that be nice if you knew about it at a young age to minimize that risk exposure over time and especially when you get older.
So, there’s certain interventions that you can actually introduce in a patient’s lifelong experience to minimize expression of the bad genes.
Dr. Kharazmi, M.D.
Dr. Mohammad Kharazmi serves as the anti-aging medicine specialist at the Genetic Institute of Anti-Aging in Costa Mesa, California. He attended the University of California at Irvine for his undergraduate educations and later earned his medical doctorate (M.D.) at UCI’s medical school. In addition to anti-aging, Dr. Kharazmi is Board Certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.
Dr. Kharazmi is the partner and cofounder of Sherman Internal Medicine Clinics, cofounder of Medical Information Network Systems, and member of the American Medical Association. When he is not treating patients Dr. Kharazmi is a national speaker and consultant to Pfizer, Novartis, Aventis, Sankyo, Abbot and TAP.
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