Brain injury prevention goes beyond
whether you wear a helmet. Two people with the same injury can have two wildly
different reactions—one mild, one debilitating—based on the health of their
brain prior to injury.
Although we can’t necessarily control
whether a brain injury happens from a fall, a car accident, or a blow to the
head, we can affect how well our brain copes with the trauma. More than 1.7
million people sustain a brain injury each year, and more than 5 million people
are disabled due to brain injuries.
Why do some people get cancer and others, who live a similar lifestyle, eat similar foods, etc. do not?
Is there a way to predict your likelihood of getting certain diseases
and, more importantly, to identify extra steps you need to take in order
to not get those diseases?
The answer is now YES. With advancing technology, some labs in the
country now offer ways to test you for minor genetic defects or SNPs
(single nucleotide polymorphisms), in order to identify areas where your
body does not quite work as optimally as possible and treatments you
can use to make up for that.