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What Fingerprints Tell

You about Your Health

Fingerprints aren't just for identification anymore...studies determine your fingerprint patterns may hold clues to revealing potential health threats, including Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Fingerprints: History at your Fingertips

When you were just a tiny fetus you didn't yet have fingertips; instead, you had volar pads, which continued to grow until the end of your first trimester. Then they begin to shrink, and the bones that became your fingers were covered in flesh marked by unique raised areas that turned into fully formed fingerprints by your twenty-first week. As a result, every major event between Week 6 and Week 21 of your fetal life left its mark in your unique pattern of loops, whorls and arches. Those fingerprint patterns correlate to the amount of hormones, environmental factors and nutrients that you were exposed to in utero and the decisions that your genes made for your developing body. By looking at your fingerprints, you can infer what diet and environmental factors came into play and what epigenetic decisions were made that steered you toward your current GenoType.

Loops, Whorls and Arches

There are three basic fingerprint classification patterns: loops, whorls and arches. People generally have a mixture of pattern types on their fingertips, with some symmetry between the left and right hands. Loops occur in about 60-70% of fingerprint patterns, whorls are seen in about 25-35% and arches are the most unusual found in about 5-7% of the population. Because they're such a good record of your prenatal life, fingerprints are an important clue both to your GenoType and to the disorders that correlate with it. In fact, there are thousands of studies correlating fingerprint patterns with potential health risks.

Loops and Alzheimer's Disease

A number of studies have been done on the relationship between the number of loop fingerprints and their relationship to Alzheimer's Disease. An article in the journal, Archives of Neurology, referred to a study in which, patients with SDAT (Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type) showed a significantly increased frequency of ulnar loops on their fingertips and a decreased frequency of whorls and arches. In fact, in the study, a pattern of eight or more ulnar loops was found in 72% of their patients in the study - compared with 26% in the control group. A significant number of Loop fingerprints are a hallmark for the Nomad GenoType.

Whorls and Breast Cancer

The American Journal of Medical Genetics reported a study that found, "The positive predictive value of 6 or more digital whorls was comparable to that of mammography and that of breast biopsy. With increasing age there was an increase in the positive predictive value associated with 6 or more digital whorls."Scientists studying the connection between whorl fingerprint patterns suggest that fingerprint patterns might potentially be used for screening or further research, particularly in developing countries where access to mammograms may not be possible.

Whorls and Celiac Disease

Doctors at the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Service in Israel studied the correlations between fingerprint patterns and Celiac disease. Fingerprints were obtained from 46 patients with Celiac disease and compared with those of  46 control subjects matched for sex and ethnic origin. Whorls were more frequent and ulnar loops were less frequent, significantly, in Celiac patients than in controls. A digital pattern of four or more whorls was present in 69% of Celiac patients, but in only 28% of controls. They concluded that particular dermatoglypic patterns are significantly more common in patients with Celiac disease than in controls. The study concluded that this marker be used as a diagnostic clue, indicating the need for further investigation.