“The Mayo Clinic recommended I utilize ZüpMed’s Pharmacogenomics services here in Memphis.”
Pharmacogenomics is a specialized study of your genetics offered at ZüpMed. Pharmacogenomics not only improves the safety and effectiveness of treatment you receive, but can improve your quality of life and understanding of yourself.
The benefits of pharmacogenomics explained
One of the best ways to understand your unique mind and body is to discover what genes are driving their function. You can’t change the genes you were given, but you can learn how to make the best of them. In other words, since you can only play with the hand you were dealt in life, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to look at the cards you’re holding?
“It was very validating to learn that I am genetically wired to have higher anxiety than most people – it’s not just in my head.”
Medication levels in the body can be significantly affected by your genetics. Your individual “pharmacogenes” can determine whether or not a medication may put you at high risk for undesirable and dangerous side effects.
“I was scheduled to see a GI specialist until my genetic report showed that my antidepressant put me at risk for GI side effects. A medication change was all I needed.”
Knowing your genes allows your providers to select treatments that are extremely personalized to how your body functions. Although the “pharma” in “pharmacogenomics may lead you to believe that genes can only direct treatment with medications, they can impact so much more. Your genes may indicate that you benefit from certain types of exercise, specific dietary changes, or supplements as well.
“After dealing with insomnia for years, I was so surprised how much my sleep improved from a vitamin supplement recommended during my genetic appointment.”
Whether it be avoiding the “trial and error” approach to mental health medications, finding the ideal macro balance in your diet, or preventing future cardiovascular disease, there are many ways that you can take your genetic information and use it to create a healthier, happier life.
“My dad had a heart attack at a young age, and we found risk genes were passed on to me. Knowing this has helped me stay motivated and stick to the health plan we came up with.”
How pharmacogenetic testing works at ZüpMed
At ZüpMed we offer three unique genetic panels: mental health, nutrition, and cardiovascular risk. These options may expand as we do! The test collection is a simple cheek swab or saliva sample, and some insurances may partially or fully cover the cost of these tests. In addition, we also offer expert interpretation of genetic panels you may already have through outside companies such as 23andMe.
There is a wealth of information that can be assessed from your genes, and since your genes never change, this information can be utilized for the rest of your life. Interested in your genetics? Call 901-701-7010 to schedule a consultation with one of our providers.