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Abu Dhabi centre offers DNA test to help reduce aging, identify chronic diseases

DNA Centre for Integrative Medicine & Wellness says test can highlight if a person is developing lifestyle-related diseases, such as diabetes

Abu Dhabi centre offers DNA test to help reduce aging, identify chronic diseases

The DNA Centre for Integrative Medicine & Wellness in Abu Dhabi has revealed DNA testing that can reverse the signs of aging and identify individuals who are subject to diabetes and heart disease.

The centre obtains the results by analysing a client's DNA and using genetic biomarkers.

Founder and CEO of the firm, Dr Nasim Ashraf, said the customised DNA testing can “identify if a person has a genetic predisposition to developing chronic, lifestyle-related diseases such as ‘diabesity’ (patients who develop diabetes as a result of being obese) and we can help manage this and reduce the risk of future illnesses through a personalised programme specific to an individual’s DNA.”

According to the doctor, one in three children in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are overweight or obese.

“If this epidemic continues into adulthood, treatment of associated illnesses will completely overwhelm the healthcare system in the UAE over the next 20 to 30 years,” he explained.

According to the World Health Organization, obesity in the UAE is double the world average. In addition, 19 percent of its population suffer from diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation.

Dr Hani Sabbour of the Sheikh Khalifa Medical Hospital also stated that residents in the gulf countries have, heart attacks an average of 12 years earlier than those in the United States and Europe.

The centre has treated more than 500 patients.

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