What is Nutrigenomics?
Nutrigenomics is a new scientific discipline that uses modern genomics technology to study the relationship between genes, nutrition and health. It has long been apparent that some people respond differently from others to certain foods. For example, individuals with lactose intolerance experience gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming certain dairy products, while other individuals can consume dairy with no problems. Nutrigenomics allows us to understand how our genes affect the way we respond to the foods, beverages and supplements we consume.
Why should I have a Nutrigenomix test? How will the results benefit me?
Nutrigenomix laboratories will test a panel of genes related to 7 important aspects of your diet. We will then provide a full report of the findings and accompanying recommendations to your dietitian. Armed with this information, specific to your genetic profile, your dietitian will be able to develop the best dietary plan to help you meet your goals of improved health and wellness. Adhering to those recommendations will enable you to optimize your nutritional status and specifically focus on preventing nutrition-related chronic diseases.
How is the testing done?
All that is required to test for these 7 important diet-related genes is a simple saliva sample. The sample will be taken by your dietitian and sent to the Nutrigenomix laboratory for analysis.
Can my test results be bad?
Our Nutrigenomix test analyzes DNA for common genetic variants that affect your response to the foods and beverages you consume. The test does not predict or diagnose any disease or health condition. With the information from your test results, your dietitian will be able to provide you with dietary advice tailored to your individual genetic profile.
How long do I need to follow the advice for?
Your test results are not intended to form a short-term “diet”. The information provided in your report, combined with the nutritional plan created by your dietitian, will empower you with knowledge so that you can continually make the best dietary choices on a daily basis.
Can I get the test done without contacting a dietitian?
No. A consult with a dietitian is the best way to gain the optimum benefit from your genetic test results and personalized nutrition report. Your dietitian will be able to explain the findings and recommendations to you and help you achieve your optimal diet and healthy eating habits, based on your unique genetic profile.
If I don’t already have a dietitian, how do I find one?
Under the heading “Locate a dietitian” on our home page click on “Learn More” to find a dietitian that offers the Nutrigenomix test. After selecting your region and city, you will be provided with a list of clinics with Registered Dietitians nearest to you.
How long will it take to get my results?
Once our laboratory receives your saliva sample from your dietitian it should take approximately 2-4 weeks for the analysis and recommendations to be sent to your dietitian. Your dietitian will contact you as soon as they receive the results and set up a time to discuss them with you.
Who will have access to my genetic test results?
Only your dietitian will be able to access your genetic test results through Nutrigenomix. Your DNA kit is marked with a unique barcode, which is what we will use at our facilities to analyze your sample. Only your dietitian will be able to link your kit’s barcode to your personal information. All genetic data is sent through a secure 128-bit encryption server.
What will happen to my DNA sample?
Your sample will be stored in our secure, controlled-access facilities and labeled only with your unique barcode, which only your dietitian will know belongs to you. As new discoveries in the field of nutrigenomics are made, additional information may be added to our test reports and new panels with additional cutting-edge information could be available to you.
Will my insurance cover the cost of the test?
Check with your insurance provider. Some providers may cover the cost of a consultation with a dietitian.
What language is the report available in?
Our reports are currently only available in English, but we are working to develop translations in many other languages. Please check our website under “News and Events” for updates.