If a member of your family is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you are naturally concerned, in the first instance, about the person affected by this disease. Later, however, other concerns will often also start to play on your mind. Is it hereditary? Will I get it too? Can I do anything to reduce the risk?
At iGene we deal with heredity and prevention on a daily basis and help you find answers to these kinds of questions.
Parkinson’s is a chronic disease that results in the gradual death of certain brain cells. Shaking hands are one of the most well known symptoms of the disease. Parkinson’s can also be accompanied by signs of dementia. These symptoms usually start to appear between the ages of 60 and 80.
Genetic predisposition to Parkinson’s
Your personal risk of Parkinson’s depends on various factors. One of these is your DNA, but environmental factors and lifestyle also play a role, for example. To make a statement about your genetic predisposition, we examine mutations (changes or errors) in your DNA.
Scientists are finding out more and more about ways to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s. That means you can take steps yourself to prevent Parkinson’s. iGene can help by sharing relevant scientific information with you directly in your iGene Passport.
Want to reduce your risk of Parkinson’s?
An iGene Passport allows you to see straight away whether you have an increased or reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease and numerous other hereditary conditions. If it becomes apparent that you are at an increased risk of Parkinson’s, you will also receive targeted information on how to reduce this risk. That does not mean you will never get Parkinson’s, but you can take active steps that may help prevent it.
A healthy lifestyle thanks to your iGene Passport
For as long as your iGene Passport is active you will continue to receive information based on the latest scientific insights. That means that if important discoveries are made in the future that will help you take even more effective steps to prevent Parkinson’s disease, you will be able to benefit from them straight away.