As we age, the wear and tear of everyday life can damage our DNA. Research shows that increasing specific nutrients in our diet can slow down, or even reduce this damage.

The challenge

We are all getting old

We all know that the wear and tear of daily life can impact our body, but what is not so obvious is the impact of wear and tear on our body's DNA - the blueprint of our life. As we age, the quality of our DNA declines, and this can increase the risk of some diseases.

DNA damage is the most fundamental cause of developmental and degenerative disease and accelerated ageing.

Our response

You are what you eat

What we eat, how much we exercise, lifestyle habits and our environment can all influence how much DNA damage occurs. Pioneering CSIRO research has demonstrated that damage to the body's DNA is fundamentally a disease that can be diagnosed and even partially reversed.

A team of CSIRO scientists have identified nine micronutrients that are significantly associated with DNA damage. The group also showed that by supplementing certain micronutrients, DNA damage can be reduced.

This work, led by Dr Michael Fenech, has developed a technique for measuring DNA damage, placing us at the forefront of DNA damage diagnostics research and development.

The results

Damage control

Dr Fenech proposes a novel diseases prevention strategy based on the diagnosis and nutritional treatment of genome damage. This has led to the development of Reach100, a medical clinic offering diagnostic blood tests that measure DNA damage and information relating to the nutritional, life-style and environmental factors that influence it.

The team at Reach100 checks the levels of essential micronutrients in the patient's blood, including red cell folate, serum folate and Vitamin B12, which all play a role in helping the body replicate healthy DNA. The results of these tests allow Reach100 doctors to make recommendations about the health of a patient's DNA.

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