Kochi: Bengaluru based VieRoots Wellness Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has launched VieGenomics, a genetic profiling test that helps in discovering an individual’s genetic predispositions and taking preventive measures. It’s the first time genetic profiling test, which is popular in the western countries, is being launched in Kerala.
Viegenomics is a brand promoted by Vieroots for testing the gene for understanding the genetic predisposition of a person. A genetic predisposition (sometimes also called genetic susceptibility) is an increased likelihood of developing a particular disease based on a person& genetic makeup. A genetic predisposition results from specific genetic variations that are often inherited from a parent. These genetic changes contribute to the development of a disease but do not directly cause it. Some people with a predisposing genetic variation will never get the disease while others will, even within the same family. Changes in many genes, each with a small effect, may underlie susceptibility to many common diseases, including cancer, obesity,
diabetes, heart disease, and mental illness.
Addressing a media conference Dr Anuradha Udumudi, Head, Genetics, Vieroots, said, “In people with a genetic predisposition, the risk of disease can depend on multiple factors in addition to an identified genetic change. These include other genetic factors (sometimes called modifiers) as well as lifestyle and environmental factors. Diseases that are caused by a combination of factors are described as multifactorial. Although a person’s genetic makeup
cannot be altered, some lifestyle and environmental modifications (such as having more disease screenings and maintaining a healthy weight) may be able to reduce disease risk in people with a genetic predisposition.”
The company officials said that the test is being done by using saliva samples, which can be collected by using user-friendly genetic testing kit by sitting at the comfort of home and send to the company. The option of blood samples is available at the centres of VieRoots. According to the company, VieGenomics tests are designed for all age groups. The company is offering the service in partnership with Genetech, the most advanced genetic lab in the country with
experience of more than 20 years. The customers will be provided telephonic and net-based counseling by certified genetic counselors after the test.
Viegenomics offers following range of genetic tests in the area of Nutrigenetics, Psychogenetics, and Physiogenetics
1. Basic Health with 30+ most common disease conditions
2. Advanced health with 60+ disease conditions and nutrigenetics
3. Total health with 200+ disease conditions including nutrigenetics and fitness genetics
4. Nutrition & Wellbeing, your nutrition insights will help you understand how your body
responds to food.
5. Fitness & Sports to identify the sports and fitness activity, which suits your genes
6. Fitness and Nutrition that helps to create a personalized nutrition plan and customized
fitness regimen fitting your genetic profile
7. Mental wellness to identify possibilities of disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, COD,
Depression etc so as to take proactive steps.
8. Skin and Hair to identify the unique traits of your skin and hair