DNA testing for health
What is DNA testing for health?
DNA testing helps identify weaknesses in certain genes before they have a chance to impact on health. It can help reveal which diseases we may be more susceptible to, or areas of our lifestyle and health where we may need to take extra care.
While the genes we're born with don’t change, whether or not they are ‘expressed’ (turned on or off) depends largely on our diet, lifestyle and environment. Lifestyles today are often detrimental to our health, leading to underlying health issues and long term chronic disease.
By understanding the effect of food and lifestyle on certain genes, this information is used to provide a personalised, DNA based nutrition and diet plan to help positively influence YOUR gene expression and ultimately improve overall health outcomes.
Knowing your gene traits helps you take preventative action before disease sets in
Interpreting genomic data enables patients to take charge of their health by understanding and controlling for risk (and health) factors in their daily lives.
- Nathan Price, Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
Genes may load the gun, BUT environmental factors pull the trigger, especially for chronic illnesses
e.g. type 2 diabetes,
How the DNA testing process works
What happens when I take a DNA test?
Taking a DNA test with myDNAhealth or DNAFit use a simple mouth swab. This requires you to rub a swab stick - a bit like a cotton bud, around the inside of your mouth. DNA tests are then sent off to the laboratory. Your results will be complete around 4 weeks later and these will be discussed with you during your next consultation.
What information can I find out?
myDNAhealth and DNAFit do not test for medical conditions, only genetic predispositions. These are the genes that are strongly influenced by diet and lifestyle, which means you can do something about them!
This can be a hugely motivational factor, especially for those who feel anxious or resigned to the fate of their genes.
If you're interested in finding out what your own genetic predispositions are and how you can best support your genes through diet and lifestyle, please contact me for a free 15 minute chat.
Common health related genetic information
Sugar metabolism and sensitivity to carbohydrates
Fat sensitivity and over-absorption
Fat release ability and exercise type
Essential fatty acid pathway
Liver Detoxification ability, inflammation and oxidation potential
Coeliac disease / gluten intolerance
Folate, vitamin D, vitamin B, magnesium requirements.
Stress, anxiety and burnout
Muscle function for exercise type.
Note: DNA testing is used as an additional tool to help with supporting your health. Your gene traits are not treated in isolation, but as one part of the whole picture of your health which is always taken into account. If, after evaluation, your DNA results and your current health symptoms warrant it, further functional testing may be advised. This helps to provide a more complete picture of you.