Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially life-threatening contagious disease that has been around for many decades. It mainly affects the lungs and causes the signature bloody cough. However, the rest of the body, i.e., the brain, kidneys, or spine, can also be affected.
The burden of TB in South Africa and low- to middle-income countries is especially high, but it remains a major concern worldwide. Annually, 10 million people contract the disease across the globe, leading to 1.5 million deaths. Since this disease is preventable and highly treatable, heightened awareness will help in fighting its spread.
The germs (bacteria) that cause TB are spread through the air. These germs become airborne by affected persons sneezing, coughing, speaking, or singing. Inhaling a few of these germs is what gets you infected.
The good news is that getting infected with the TB bacteria is not a guarantee that you will fall ill. Also, although about a quarter of the world’s population has been infected with the bacteria, only those who fall ill can spread it to others.
Unless you are a smoker, malnourished, have a weak immune system, or have other diseases such as HIV or diabetes, your risk of falling ill after being infected is only 5 - 10%. To prevent yourself from falling ill with TB, a healthy immune system and lifestyle are what you need.
And that is where BioCertica comes to the rescue - with our nutrition and well-being DNA kit, you can find out exactly which vitamins you may personally need to focus on consuming to build a germ-proof immune system. Our immune system depends on adequate levels of numerous vitamins to be strengthened and to function properly.
In the unlucky event that you do fall ill with TB, we can also help. With our comprehensive pharmacogenetics report, you can find out which medications will be the most effective for you. This way, you can get the best care immediately to recover as soon as possible.
Invest in your health this World Tuberculosis day, the 24th of March, to protect yourself against the spread of the disease and help stop its spread. Help others by helping yourself.
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