The tiniest features of different enzymes and membrane proteins, that take part in drug metabolism, are determined genetically. These features affect the function of these molecules which means that every one of us processes same drugs differently.
Side effects are often an unwanted companion for an unsuitable medication. They have a tendency of reducing the quality of life and should be an alarm for the medical staff. However, the side effects are unfortunately often being medicated with another medication, and this can lead into a heavy usage of unnecessary medications.
Understanding genetics is fairly simple and straightforward. But how to implement the data into practice - that's where in-depth understanding steps in. One can find out their whole genome for about 1,000 € - but what do you do with all that information?
Finnish Media Company MTV reported in May 2018, that in Finland every single day as many as nine individuals are driven out of the working life due to a diagnosed depression. This alarming phenomenon has caused the amount of under 35-year-old retirees to increase for a third during the last ten years. These statistics are mind blowing!
When you hear someone you know, suffered from a stroke, it does not seem likely that it could happen to you. Especially if you are fairly fit, exercise regularly and are barely past the middle age. In case of Jarmo Aaltonen, an active sales person from Turku, this was the case.
As for a 69-year-old woman, Airi was no exception. She had been prescribed several medications: there was one for high blood pressure, for cholesterol, sweating and stomach related symptoms. It was quite a handful to keep a record of.