Why do a DNA test? - Muhdo

Why do a DNA test?

As humans, we each have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes. Most genes are the same in all of us, but there will be differences in less than one percent of them, which is what makes us unique.

The science of genetics is helping us to understand what these small differences mean.

What can you learn from a DNA profile?

Research has shown that your genes affect how you respond to your surroundings and experiences. Tiny variations can affect how your muscles form and behave, how your body uses the major food groups and whether you are likely to lack certain vitamins or minerals.

What’s involved?

A DNA test is very easy to do. All that’s needed is a small amount of saliva to take a sample of cells.

Your whole genetic story will be in these few cells.

The sample is then analysed in our laboratory and then Muhdo’s team of experts in sports science, nutrition and health, who understand all the current research, interpret the results for you.

How can a DNA test help me?

Knowing that you will have variations in your DNA is the starting point. DNA tests can identify these tiny differences.

For this information to be useful to you, it’s also important to understand what you want to achieve in terms of your health, fitness and lifestyle.

Then we can interpret your results and advise you about your options and actions you can take.

How can a DNA test help me? Here’s an example:

Chris has a variant in a gene that means conversion of beta-carotene into usable vitamin A will be poor.

On average Chris’s conversion will be almost a third lower than most people. Amongst other things, vitamin A is important for Chris’s immune system.

As a vegetarian Chris is likely to struggle to get enough vitamin A, even with plenty of yellow, red and leafy green vegetables at mealtimes.

Eating additional good sources of vitamin A such as dairy food and perhaps taking a dietary supplement can help Chris to keep healthy.

How can a DNA test help with diet & nutrition?

We all know that eating a balanced diet is important for our health.

Still, each year, millions of people use weight loss products, slimming aids, plans and diets that just can’t be maintained.

Understanding your genetics is the key to having a safe, sustainable diet that is tailored for your individual needs and how you respond to certain food groups.

More on ‘diet and nutrition’

Your unique genetic code can give you answers to important dietary and nutritional questions, such as:

How about sport and exercise?

Your unique genetic code can give you answers to important dietary and nutritional questions, such as:

  • Are you extra sensitive to weight gain with simple carbohydrate intake?
  • Should your fat intake be lowered, or even increased?
  • How well do you use protein?
  • Will unsaturated fats actually decrease your fat mass, even if your calories increase?

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