When you think of your DNA, you may think that's a done deal. You may think that you can't influence or change the fact that you will end up with weight problems like your Dad, or type 2 diabetes like your mom. This is not entirely true. Although you can't change your genome, research has shown that you can influence your gene expression, either for the better or worse.
You may already know the importance of a healthy lifestyle but not know what your unique body needs. This is where DNA testing is a useful starting point as it takes the guesswork out of these choices, setting you up on a personalised wellness journey that makes you healthier with a lot less strain on your health budget!
The research that was conducted as part of the Human Genome Project in 2003 has evolved so dramatically that we now know the role specific genes play in certain biochemical processes. Where researchers have seen that a gene can be influenced and the phenotype of that gene expressed for the better (in other words, a nutrition, environment or lifestyle intervention would help); then they have included it as part of the genes tested. We all have the same genes, what differs is the combinations or variations in these genes. This is called an allele. This differs from the human genome in that it is how each of two or more alternative forms of a gene that arise by mutation and are found at the same place on a chromosome. An allele is a variant form of a gene. Some genes have a variety of different forms, which are located at the same position, or genetic locus, on a chromosome. Humans are called diploid organisms because they have two alleles at each genetic locus, with one allele inherited from each parent. Depending on your unique genetic variations in the key genes tested will influence your wellness profile and will instruct you as to where you need to provide specific support.
What to expect from doing a DNA test?
If you're not sure which test or test combo to do, then complete our online quiz WHICH DNA TEST IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Once you submit your results, JOINCIRCLES will send you back a personalised recommendation. You can then simply order this test online. Once you receive your test kit, you simply follow the instructions (the test sample is a simple buccal/cheek swab) and book the courier collection.
Within 14 days, you'll receive your results. Your unique genetic variations will be reported as specific alleles (an allele is one of the possible forms of a gene) tested together with a score or rating that indicates whether there is a
- no impact
- low Impact
- medium Impact
- high Impact
variation of your gene within the biochemical process/biological area it is involved in such as inflammation, detoxification, lipid metabolism, bone health, blood sugar, estrogen metabolism, fat metabolism, serotonin signaling etc....
This scoring system is based on two main criteria: 1) there is sufficient research showing that a specific variation impacts significantly on the biological area 2) that you can do something about it!
Once I get my results, how do I get started?
This step is probably more important than doing the DNA testing as it requires understanding what your results mean in terms of your potential for lifestyle-related chronic diseases as well as you taking action. Simply doing the test is not enough! This is also the very empowering part of the journey as you then begin to be in control.
Once you have your results, JOINCIRCLES or one of our affiliate practitioners can take you through your report, weaving together your wellness and prevention protocol. They will explain where you can provide better support to your genes and their biochemistry.
Of course, you're so much more than just your DNA. You're a sum of your experiences, your values, your heart and soul, your passions etc - your story. The one thing that we know for sure is that you are 100% unique, from your DNA up! When I tested my DNA, it became apparent that DNA is an important piece of a much more complex puzzle of who I am.
We also know that your overall health and wellbeing are influenced by additional factors, such as gut health, nutrient status, stress, sleep, habits, relationships and other lifestyle and environmental inputs need to be considered and tested alongside where possible. But we believe that finding out about your unique genetic variations is the best place to start!
Write your own DNA story because you can.