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Why is Oxidative Stress so Important to Your Health?
 
Oxidative damage causes a net stress on the normal body functions and may result in many specific diseases. It also appears to contribute to the general decline in the optimum body functions, that is commonly believed to occur as a result of “aging process”.  Among the many Oxidative Stress mediated diseases are:
[bullet] Alzheimer's Disease [bullet] Macular Degeneration
[bullet] Autoimmune Disease [bullet] Multiple Sclerosis
[bullet] Cancer [bullet] Muscular Dystrophy
[bullet] Cardiovascular Disease [bullet] Pancreatitis
[bullet] Cataractogenesis [bullet] Parkinson's Disease
[bullet] Diabetes [bullet] Rheumatoid Arthritis
[bullet] Iron Overload [bullet] Segmental Progeria Disorders
[bullet] Ischemic-Reperfusion Injury

In general, the lower an individual's oxidative stress level, lesser is the probability of occurrence of these diseases at later stages in one’s life.

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The Genox laboratory.

What Controls Oxidative Stress?

The level of oxidative stress is determined by the balance between the rate at which oxidative damage is induced (input) and the rate at which it is efficiently repaired and removed (output) (see Figure. 1). The rate at which damage is caused is determined by how fast the reactive oxygen species are generated and then inactivated by endogenous defense agents called antioxidants. The rate at which damage is removed is dependent on the level of repair enzymes. The determinants of oxidative stress are regulated by an individual's unique hereditary factors, as well as his/her environment and characteristic lifestyle. Unfortunately, under the present day life-style conditions many people run an abnormally high level of oxidative stress that could increase their probability of early incidence of age-related diseases. Early detection of high oxidative stress levels provides the opportunity for intervention and to seek corrective measures.
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