4 Ways Personalized Medicine Can Help You Be Healthier

Imaging the Future of Therapeutics

4 Ways Personalized Medicine Can Help You Be Healthier

Doctors have always known that drugs they prescribe to patients do not affect individuals in the same way. As a result, millions of people across the globe are taking medicines that do not help them. Sometimes the medications cause more harm. Statistics shows that the top ten highest grossing drugs only help one in four people. Evidently, some drugs have proven harmful to a certain ethnic group. This is one reason why the former U.S president, Barack Obama, took some interest in Precision medicine or personalized medicine. Personalized medicine aims to customize health care, with treatments that are tailored to each individual patient in the best way possible. The question is, how will personalized medicines help you be healthier? Here six reasons:

1. Personalized medicine will help you and your doctor choose treatment that is most effective for you.

The most important element of personalized medicine is that it allows you and your doctor to decide the treatment that is most efficient for you, and only you. The health system today is expensive, reactive, and focused largely on one-size fits all treatments. However, personalized medicine allows health care providers to select the treatment option with the greatest possibility of success at the onset. The patient can say goodbye to the inefficient trial and error methods we have experienced in the past. Molecular imaging supporting personalized medicine will be the core factor in selecting the most appropriate and optimal therapies for an individual patient.

2. More control to avoid side effects in treatments.

In between 2000 and 2001, the number of adverse reaction in the US according to FDA tripled compared to previous years. With the introduction of prescribed treatment, the number is more than likely to be reduced. One study involving Singapore and Malaysia was conducted to lessen the side effects for children with ALL, cancer that affects blood and bone marrow. The study was conducted using prescribed medicines and health care treatment. The result of the survey showed that personalized treatment could significantly help reduce the side effects found with other treatments.

3. Tailors prevention.

Precision medicine allows doctors to find the unique disease risk for you and locate the treatment that works best. This is a  tailored plan to prevent some of the diseases, thus protecting your health. Think about cancer or heart diseases. Such diseases are due to the combination of lifestyle and genetic factors. Conventional treatment is not likely to identify those areas appropriately. Precision medicine is meant to screen some of these diseases long before you get sick, while at the same time tracking infectious diseases.

4. Reduces chances invasive procedure hence improving quality of life.

Approximately 25 percent of heart transplant patients reject the new organ. In order to monitor this kind of rejection biopsies are performed on a weekly basis after transplant. Then after a few months and even years, biopsies continue to be performed. This includes inserting a tube in the neck vein and threading it to the heart. Personalized medicine is there to reduce such invasive procedures while improving the quality of life.