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DNA testing: How modern science is changing our approach to health and fitness DNA testing: How modern science is changing our approach to health and fitness
DNA testing and analysis offers us unparalleled insights into our bodies and their potential. Numerous DNA testing companies globally now leverage evolving scientific advances... DNA testing: How modern science is changing our approach to health and fitness

DNA testing and analysis offers us unparalleled insights into our bodies and their potential.

Numerous DNA testing companies globally now leverage evolving scientific advances in human genomics research to benefit consumers from all walks of life. And this technology has very specific and relevant applications in health and fitness.

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Mapping the genome

Many of these advances followed the completion of the Human Genome Project, where researchers effectively identified and mapped the approximately 25,000 genes that make up the human genome, both from a physical and functional standpoint. The Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, but research continues.

By analysing samples – usually from a cheek swab – DNA testing companies can provide customers with important information about their genetic make-up in an affordable, consumer-friendly manner.

Remove the guesswork

This valuable information can take much of the guesswork out of finding the right diet or ideal exercise program for your specific genetic make-up.

The tests also provide insights into an individual’s responsiveness to different interventions and their propensity to gain or lose weight based on a specific approach.

For instance, 40-50% of our ability to effectively lose weight is based on our genetic makeup.

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And these tests can identify key genetic markers that indicate a predisposition or susceptibility to specific health conditions.

This information offers a valuable tool to inform potential disease prevention and proactive health management measures because many conditions are preventable through the correct diet and lifestyle choices.

Snip science

The genetic differences that affect how we respond to diet and exercise, or predispose us to higher health risks lie in small changes in our DNA code.

There are about three billion letters in your DNA code. A ‘spelling change’ can occur in certain portions of the population. These small changes are known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms or SNPs (pronounced snips).

These snips account for our differences and change the way we respond to different elements and environmental factors.

These changes are not all bad, but they can impact various biological processes such as hormone and enzyme function. This gene expression can affect a person’s response to food or exercise, or make someone susceptible to addictions, among other things.

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By identifying the snips in our DNA code via a DNA test, we can change or compensate for these changes.

Moreover, qualified professionals can also read and interpret a client’s unique genetic code to create personalised and responsive plans and specific protocols that will deliver the most benefit.

Dis-Chem offers advanced DNA tests, powered by MUHDO. These easy-to-use testing kits deliver invaluable insights about your genetics and how you can optimise your health and fitness based on your unique genetic code.

It is incredibly simple and convenient to uncover your unique genetic code:

  1. Purchase a DNA test from selected Dis-Chem stores or online.
  2. Take a saliva sample using the swab included in the pack.
  3. Send the sample to the MUHDO lab using the packaging provided.
  4. Download the user-friendly app and register to receive your results and feedback.

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