DNA Testing to Shed New Light on Women's Hormonal Issues
Many women suffer from some form of hormone based ailment (oestrogen dominance) that causes daily pain and suffering. This is often heavily influenced by your genetic variation and your disposition to inefficiencies of certain biological functioning passed down to you.
There are great variability between us as individuals, in how we function biologically – in other words, how we metabolise carcinogens, steroid hormones, and how efficient our phase I and phase II liver detoxification processes work.
Hormonal Difficulties Faced by Many Women and What They Are
There are many diseases, syndromes and difficulties women face as a direct result of being a woman. Oestrogen hormones play a role in the growth, differentiation and function of a number of tissues in the body. Women who suffer from these oestrogen dominant conditions like endometriosis, PMS, uterine fibroid tumours, or where there is family history of breast cancer, uterine or ovarian cancer, and even prostate cancer in men may benefit from balancing oestrogen metabolism. This is where Genetic Testing will benefit you. Understanding your genetic variability may assist with a targeted diet, lifestyle and hormone intervention.
This is a painful disorder characterised by extreme pelvic pain. Endometriosis is when the endometrium (which should be on the inside of the uterus) begins to grow on the outside of the uterus.
The endometrial tissue acts as it should by breaking down and bleeding with each passing menstrual cycle. However, because the tissue is not where it is meant to be it has nowhere to be excreted. The endometrium becomes trapped and the surrounding tissue becomes irritated to the point of forming scar tissue and causing pelvic tissue and organs to stick together.
Without treatment it is likely that pain will continue with excessive bleeding and heightened chances of infertility.
Premenstrual syndrome or PMS is defined as the disturbances that occur to a woman’s emotional, physical and psychological processes after ovulation. Some women experience a variety of these symptoms, some women all of them, and some none at all. The degree to which this is felt is entirely dependent on the individual.
3 out of every 4 women have experienced some kind of PMS symptoms, this can be anything from feeling anxious to an acne flare-up.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
This is a common syndrome among women of reproductive age whereby the menstrual periods are infrequent or prolonged and the balance of hormones in the body is thrown off. This affects oestrogen, progesterone, androgen, testosterone and even insulin. Fluctuating insulin levels can make weight loss particularly difficult and being overweight increases the severity of your symptoms.
Contact us should you require more info regarding genetic testing available, Jacky Hattingh (Qualified Translation Nutrigenomics practitioner and a member of the 3X4 Genetics and DNAlysis)