Your Genes Aren’t a Crystal Ball—They Only Hint at Your Future

Arivale Team,
Arivale Team

Many assume their family’s genetics are a window into the future. But, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, your genes actually only determine 30 percent of your overall wellbeing. Other factors—such as your lifestyle and environment, which determine 60 percent of your wellness—are more impactful in optimizing your wellness.

That’s why, at Arivale, we look at the big picture of you—beyond just your genes. The data Arivale’s clinicians and bioinformatics scientists synthesize from your lab results and lifestyle tracker enables us to create a more complete picture of you and your wellness potential. Then, we’re better able to create custom recommendations for you today that can potentially help you reach your wellness goals and help avoid long-term problems later in your life.

Unlocking your body’s secrets is merely the first step of your Arivale journey. But you can’t go very far along your scientific path to wellness without a comprehensive map and a qualified, expert guide. That’s why we pair you with a dedicated Arivale Coach who will be there every step of the way.

Through our systems approach, your Coach can better connect the dots between your genetics and your biomarkers to help you optimize your wellness. From there, your Arivale Coach can develop a personalized action plan based on your wellness goals.

Let’s take a look at how this could play out:

You probably know:

B vitamins are important and perform a variety of functions, including maintaining a healthy metabolism and nervous system.

You may not know:

Some of us don’t metabolize B vitamins effectively. Research shows a variation in the MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) gene increases homocysteine levels and may be associated with increased risk for heart disease. If you have this mutation—and about 40 percent of us do—in addition to checking your homocysteine level, it’s important to measure levels of folate and B12 levels in your blood. If your B levels are low and your homocysteine is high, making changes to your diet or supplementing with an active form of B vitamins may bring homocysteine levels down.

Your genes do factor into your potential risk for various medical conditions, but there are also other areas (such as your lifestyle, your body’s ability to metabolize vitamins, your environment, etc.) that can help reduce these health threats.

Take the reins on your wellbeing. Break away from the thought that your genes are your destiny, and evaluate your critical data points to hone in on areas you can control, such as diet or daily activity. By doing so, you are one step closer to empowering yourself to reach your wellness goals.