Dr. James Michaels, a physician at Azalea Orthopedics, leads this week’s Walk with a Doc event on Thursday and will discuss medications and genetics. Walk with a Doc is a project of the Smith County Medical Society. Walk with a Doc will return to Rose Rudman Park at Copeland Road this week. Registration is at 5:45 pm with a brief health presentation at 6 p.m. followed by walking. For more information on Walk With a Doc, call the Smith County Medical Society office at 903-593-7058 or visit www.walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/tyler-tx/ .
Q: How do genes affect how drugs work?
A: Certain physiologic pathways that our bodies utilize to metabolize medications are influenced by our genetic makeup. These pathways are well known in medicine and are even utilized by drug manufacturers in designing medications. We now understand that there is quite a variation in the population of how these metabolic pathways impact our individual ability to metabolize different classes of medications.
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