This question has been the driving factor behind ongoing research into genetic testing and its many applications. We live in a world that now believes in prevention ahead of cure, and genetic testing gives us the tools we need to safeguard our vitality by implementing subtle (and sometimes substantial) lifestyle changes. Life experiences have shown us that our reaction to certain foods, medication and diets, differ quite substantially in comparison to our friends and family, and this is likely due to our differences in our genetic makeup and their interaction with the environment. One size does not fit all! Human are 99.5% the same, and that 0.5% can make a difference.
But how does it work? Here’s a look the science behind GeneWay™ tests.
What is SNP genotyping?
SNP genotyping is the technology we use to gain understanding of person’s genetic makeup. SNP stands for single nucleotide polymorphisms. These are the DNA sequence variations that make you different from everyone else you know. Once you have a breakdown of your SNPs, a trained technician can interpret the data to tell you which diseases you are likely to get, and how you can change your lifestyle to prevent it.
Why are we only hearing about this now?
The technology took some time to develop to the point where it could be made available to the public. The United States government, for one, invested millions of dollars into the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These groups studied the link between genes, environment and lifestyle. Their research now underpins the lifestyle management plans we prepare for our clients.
How do you extract the DNA?
With the use of a cheek swab, also known as a buccal swab. It can also be done using whole blood, but the swab is sufficient to supply us with DNA cells and can easily be done in the comfort of your own home.
What can I expect once you’ve analysed my DNA?
A comprehensive health and wellness report*, along with a precision nutrition plan, tailored to your genetic needs, enabling you to manage and develop your lifestyle that will be effective in reducing your health risks.
Our genes and their expression can influence:
- Nutrient deficiencies or excesses
- Dietary components
- Vitamin D and B levels
- Toxin detoxification
- Exercise and Activity
- Alcohol and drugs metabolism
- Circadian rhythms.
How does this help me?
With the help of GeneWay™ test results, you’ll be able to:
- Choose effective lifestyle interventions such as a change in diet and/or taking supplements.
- Know which diseases you are predisposed to, e.g. cholesterol, type II diabetes.
- Learn of current conditions you may have, e.g. lactose intolerance.
- Find out more about your athletic potential.
- Be warned of addictive behavioural traits, etc.
So where does one have their DNA tested, and what does it entail?
GeneWay™ provides the following screening tests; GENEWELL ™, GENEDIET ™, GENESPORT ™ and GENERENEW ™..
The GeneWay™ screening test covers the following areas:
- Cholesterol and lipid metabolism
- Dietary carbohydrate sensitivity
- Dietary fat sensitivity
- Exercise responsiveness
- Heart disease
- Homocysteine metabolism
- Insulin sensitivity and risk for diabetes
- Iron metabolism
- Drug metabolism
- Oxidative Stress
- Overweight and obesity risk
- Circadian rhythms (sleep disorders)
- Vitamin-B metabolism
- Athletic Potential
- Injury risk and rate of recovery
- Anti-ageing and derma genetics
Although we cannot change our genes, we can control their expression, which is strongly influenced by our environment. Therefore by making minor adjustments to your lifestyle now, you will be able to lower the risk of certain diseases and live healthier.
If you knew your predisposition to common diseases, such as obesity and heart disease,
would you change your lifestyle to ensure your health and wellbeing tomorrow?
GENEWAY™ Disclaimer: All risk indicators are limited to only the genes tested by GENEWAY™. Your results are for informational purposes only and should not be used for making medical, health or any other decisions without consulting a Health Care Professional. Copyright© GENEWAY™- All Rights Reserved.