Physical Exams May Now Include DNA Testing

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DNA testing is now available at Executive Medicine of Southlake. The testing may help determine genetic risk factors and allow doctors to advise appropriately on preventative measures.

Executive Medicine of Southlake, a five-star executive medicine clinic that offers executive physical exams to busy individuals, is now offering DNA testing. Through an alliance with DaVinci Laboratories of Vermont, the executive physicals can now include DNA testing to look for genetic predispositions to many things, including heart and circulatory disease, bone deterioration, and stress.

Mark Anderson, MD, DABFP and Walter Gaman, MD, FABFP, FCFP are the authors of "Executive Medicine: Optimizing Your Chances for a Longer Life," and owners of Executive Medicine of Southlake. As leaders in the field of executive health and wellness, genetic testing agrees with their philosophy of preventative medicine.

"Two of our most important tests are the Oxidative Stress-1 (OS-1) and Oxidative Stress-2," states Dr. Mark Anderson. "These tests tell us of the patient's ability to fight off free radicals. Free radicals are believed to be responsible for many diseases and disorders. If a patient does not have the potential to produce Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), a molecule that rids the body of free radicals, their ability to fight off harmful substances and pollutants is hindered. Also if their body does not have the ability to produce Glutathione Peroxidase (GPX), their own body may be damaging perfectly good proteins, DNA, and lipids."

Genetic research and pharmacogenomics are becoming more popular, with scientists and physicians discovering the need to understand humans as individuals with individual needs. Genetic testing allows doctors to pinpoint areas of concern and focus in on those areas. For some, nutritional supplementation and lifestyle changes may help defend the body against genetically predisposed conditions. "Counseling a patient on health and wellness from a genetic standpoint allows us to focus in on the individual. Nothing we do is cookie cutter, it is all individualized," states Dr. Gaman. "We even offer vitamin combinations that consist of different ingredients tailored to meet genetic deficiencies."

Executive Medicine of Southlake offers individual and corporate executive physical programs, as well as speaking services. Anyone interested in such services should contact Amber Morgan at (817) 552-4300 or (800) 910-EXEC. The Executive Medicine of Southlake website address is


Judy Gaman, BSHS, CMA, CCRC

Director of Marketing

Executive Medicine of Southlake

1545 East Southlake Blvd. Ste 110

Southlake, TX 76092



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