Why Self Test

Obesity Risk DNA Test FAQ's

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How do my genes affect how susceptible I am to weight gain?

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There is a strong hereditary link with propensity to gain weight as your genes affect both your appetite and the way your body reacts when you eat different types of fats

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What does the FTO gene tell me?

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The Fat Mass and Obesity Associated gene, called FTO is thought to be linked to appetite and food intake. People with the A variant of the gene run a 40-60% higher risk of excess weight and obesity. It has also been shown that carriers of this gene variant can reduce the risk of excess weight by up to 30% through physical activity. Therefore, people with this gene variant can, with the help of proper diet and exercise, almost completely eliminate the genetically increased risk of obesity

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What does the PPARG gene tell me?

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The PPARG gene affects the metabolism of fats. People with the GG variant tend to have a lower BMI when their diet contains a higher proportion of monounsaturated fat - the ‘Mediterranean diet’. Individuals with this gene variant can actively reduce their BMI by changing their intake of fats by eating more monounsaturated fats.

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What does the APOA5 gene tell me?

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The APOA5 gene is linked to the regulation of fats and storage of fat in fat cells and so has a role in the development of obesity. People with the CC variant of the APOA5 gene do not have a high BMI even if their diet contains a lot of fat . Those without the CC variant have a higher susceptibility to weight gain and risk of obesity.

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What does the FSBP2 gene tell me?

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The FABP2 gene encodes for a type of protein called Fatty Acid Binding Protein that affects the amount of fat in the blood. People with the rs1799883 variant may have an increased amount of triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol), as well as a reduced amount of HDL (good cholesterol) in their blood. They should consider replacing saturated and trans fats with unsaturated fats to improve their levels of blood lipids.

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How accurate is the test?

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Your DNA sample is analysed in a laboratory and the result is 99.5% accurate.

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How is the sample for the test taken?

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A simple saliva sample is taken with the special cotton swab provided.

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Where can I find the instructions for how to take the sample?

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You will find the instructions on the tab surrounding the box. Open the tab on the side of the box on which are printed; “instructions open here”.

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How is the sample sent to the laboratory?

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Simply remove the parts of the box containing the instructions and the display hook on top of the box by tearing along its perforated edges. To send your sample swab to our laboratory for testing, simply place the swab in the plastic packaging in the addressed envelope provided to return it to us prepaid.

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How do I get my result?

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Your test result can be downloaded from the Dynamic Code website (www.dynamiccode.com/en/receive-your-test-results) using the unique code provided in the kit.

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Is everything I need for the test included in the kit?

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Yes, everything you need to take the test is included in the kit; instructions, swab, a return envelope and a unique code to get your result from the Dynamic Code website.

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How quickly will I receive my test result

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The test needs to be performed in our laboratory so please allow 7 to 10 days for this work to be completed