If a member of your family is diagnosed with rheumatism, you are naturally concerned, in the first instance, about the person affected. 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.
Rheumatoid arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints. It is characterised by chronic inflammation in a number of joints. This mainly develops in the small joints of the hands and forefeet, but can affect virtually any joint.
Genetic predisposition to rheumatoid arthritis
Your personal risk of rheumatoid arthritis 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.
Preventing rheumatoid arthritis
Scientists are finding out more and more about ways to reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. That means you can take steps yourself to prevent rheumatoid arthritis. iGene can help by sharing relevant scientific information with you directly in your iGene Passport.
Want to reduce your risk of rheumatoid arthritis?
An iGene Passport allows you to see straight away whether you have an increased or reduced risk of a large number of hereditary conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. If it becomes apparent that you are at an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis, you will also receive targeted information on how to reduce this risk.
A healthy lifestyle thanks to your iGene Passport
For as long as you are using iGene 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 rheumatoid arthritis, you will be able to benefit from them straight away.