DNA Testing

DNA or Gene Testing is an individual approach in order to improve. Improve weight loss by means of following the right diet according to your gene-set, Improving your health by means of supporting bodily systems that may be weak and needs lifestyle support. In this way preventing disease in the longterm and also being aware of your potential disease risks. Looking at prevention of lifestyle related cancers i.e. breast and ovarian cancers and optimising your sports performance by means of ascertaining your muscle fibre type, injury risk and recovery rates. Wonderful isn’t it? This is the technology of the future based on your own body and what it needs to be thin, healthy and athletic.

We offer DNA testing at the practice and do the test and courier it to the lab on your behalf. We do not deal with the payments which is done directly to the DNA lab. We will however assist you in any way needed.

Test results can take anything from 2 – 4 weeks. If you would like to do a tests, you can contact the practice and we will arrange for a sample to be taken either at our offices or send the test kit to your home. The sample is a simple mouth swab and easy and painless to do. Your results will take three weeks to be released and the reports are sent directly to us and will be uploaded to your profile.

DNA DIET

One of the first products of its kind in the world, DNA Diet is designed to assist the healthcare practitioner in the design of a personalised healthy eating plan based on individual genetic differences.

DNA Diet also provides additional insight into how each individual reacts to carbohydrates, saturated fats and intensity of exercise, allowing your dietician to further personalise your eating plan to suit your needs

Let’s look at how your genes can impact your weight. Obesity is a complex disease which results from not only genetic factors but is triggered by your environment. Many individuals may have a genetic predisposition that may lead to obesity. The genes involved here are genes that interact with environmental factors like the type of foods you consume in your diet as well as your activity levels.

For instance: you come from an overweight family. You probably have the genetic potential to put on weight too. You however, exercise frequently, avoid unhealthy foods and use nutritional supplementation to control your appetite. You are the only person in your family that is of a normal weight. Your sister on the other hand was born with a dislike in physical movement, a love for sugar and spice and really struggles to control her dietary intake.  She has therefore given up the battle of the bulge as nothing she endeavours seems to last or help control her weight problem.

Sequence variations within a pool of 56 different genes have been reported as being related to obesity. Identification of these genes (DNA DIET TEST) will help clarify the reason that you are struggling with your weight. A few genes to mention that can affect weight loss are:

  • Increased appetite (Yes this can be genetic, gene FTO, MC4R, TCF7L2)
  • A constant craving for sweet things (Yes this too is genetic TAS1R2)
  • Insulin Resistance (ARDB2 Gln27Glu, FABP2)
  • Saturated fat sensitivity (FABP2, ARDB2, APOA5)
  • Your bodies resistance to weight loss (Gene ARDB3, PLIN)
  • Reduced ability to mobilise fat from fat stores (Gene ARDB2 arg16gly)

By having your gene screen done (DNA Diet – we collect the test sample at the Practice or it is sent to you via Courier directly to you home with full instructions), you will have a very clear idea and understanding as to where your focus should be with your weight loss strategy. Whether it is to take something natural for appetite control, or to reduce the saturated fat or carbohydrate intake in your diet, using L-Carnitine based products can assist with the breakdown of fat in your body.  And there is plenty more products available to assist.

The tests will also identify patients who are at risk of gaining weight. You might want to consider screening your kids if both parents are overweight, or doing the test if your child struggles with his/her weight. Implementing good lifestyle habits when kids are young is much more successful in managing weight than trying to change habits when you are older.

Give this one a go, it worked for me……

DNA HEALTH

The DNA Health test is designed to optimise wellbeing and health by personalising lifestyle and diet choices and, where necessary, using supplements tailored to offset any particular nutritional deficit based on specific gene variants. The DNA Health approach assists the healthcare practitioner in establishing the optimal nutrition necessary for good health, longevity and disease risk mitigation.

DNA ESTROGEN

80% of breast cancer occurs in women with no family history. Oestrogen gene testing may help you lessen your risk. Research has shown that an increased lifetime exposure to oestrogen is a strong risk factor in the development of breast cancer. DNA Oestrogen tests for gene variants that have been shown to have an impact on how oestrogen is processed in your body and if the processing of oestrogen and related compounds is efficient and healthy.

DNA SPORT

DNA Sport examines various biological areas that impact training responsiveness and sporting performance. These include soft tissue remodeling, inflammation, blood flow and respiration, energy production and fuel metabolism.

Athletic success results firstly from personalising a training strategy that optimises your genetic potential, and secondly choosing the right lifestyle, nutrition and environmental interactions to optimally express your inherited genes.