Q: How do genes affect nutritional status or health status?
A: The products of our genes, called proteins, interact with the components of the food we eat to influence nutrition. Different versions of the same gene can produce slightly different proteins, which in turn may interact with dietary components in different ways. For example, differences may manifest in the absorption, metabolism, uptake and excretion of dietary components by the body. Certain gene variants may even predispose the individuals to adverse diet-related health effects and disease.
Q: Why is my dietitian providing genetic testing?
A: Our dietitian has completed a Bachelor of Science (majoring in genetics), before completing her Master of Dietetics. She is well-versed in all things food, nutrition and genetics, and is therefore the best person to see in order to help you interpret your results and make a plan for you moving forward. Not only does our dietitian Sarah have a major in genetics, but she was undertaking this qualification when the Human Genome Project had just reached its completion and as a result this was a significant area of interest and personal learning for her.
Q: How accurate are my genetic test results?
A: The accuracy of the genetic test results is between 99.7-100%.
Q: Can my genetics change?
A: The sequence of your genes will not change throughout your life, and so you will not need to be retested for the specific gene variants included in this test kit. Still, dietary recommendations may change over your lifetime because you may have different nutritional needs at different life stages. As scientific research evolves, the nutrition recommendations provided in the Nutrigenomix Personalised Nutrition Report may be further fine-tuned.
Q: Are my siblings, parents and children likely to have the same genetics and need the same dietary advice?
A: With the exception of identical twins, DNA differs among people, and so genetics-based dietary recommendations cannot be made for someone unless that particular individual’s DNA is tested.
Q: How long do I have to follow these dietary recommendations?
A: 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 healthcare professional, will empower you with knowledge so that you can make the dietary choices that suit your genetic makeup on a daily basis.
Q: Do I have to start taking supplements?
A: It is usually possible for a person to meet the recommendations through diet alone. However, in some circumstances, a supplement may be beneficial. For example, some people may struggle to consume the increased amount of omega 3 through dietary means, which is recommended if they have the risk variant and an elevated triglyceride level.
Q: Could this advice change with new research?
A: As the science of nutrigenomics evolves and additional findings are made, some of the advice provided in this report may be further fine-tuned. The current nutrigenomics advice you are now receiving is already superior to the general, one-size-fits-all advice. Although you might not have the risk variant for vitamin C, future studies might uncover a different variant in your genes that affects how your body uses this vitamin.
Q: Who will have access to my genetic test results?
A: Only your dietitian will be able to access your genetic test results. Your Nutrigenomix test kit is marked with a unique barcode, which is what the company will use at their facilities to analyse your sample. Only your dietitian will be able to link your kit’s barcode to your personal information. Nutrigenomix uses the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol to encrypt information that is transmitted over the Internet. This technology uses 256-bit encryption, which ensures that confidential information cannot be viewed, intercepted or altered. Genetic information will never be disclosed, except where required by law.
Q: Can I request that my sample be destroyed?
A: Nutrigenomix will store your barcoded, anonymised DNA sample so that you will have the opportunity to be tested for additional genetic variants as new discoveries are made and the science develops. Such tests will be provided at a reduced cost since saliva samples will not need to be recollected. However, you may have your sample destroyed by sending a written request to your healthcare professional, who will inform Nutrigenomix.
Q: How many appointments will I need?
An initial appointment will be used to receive the testing kit, collect the saliva sample, discuss the testing process and any nutrition related issues or goals that you may have.
A second appointment will be scheduled for 4-6 weeks later to discuss the results of your test and present you with your Personalised Nutrition Report (e-booklet).
Any additional appointments you choose to book, if you would like to continue working towards your health and nutrition goals.
If you are already seeing our dietitian for other reasons but are interested in having this test done, you will not need to book a separate appointment time for saliva collection. However, please let us know before your appointment so we can ensure we the testing kit ready to go, and have booked the most suitable appointment length for you.
Q: If I have more questions after receiving my test results, can I contact my dietitian again?
A: Yes. Just schedule a follow-up appointment.
Q: If I lose my Personalised Nutrition Report, can I request a new one?
A: Yes. Just ask your dietitian, who should have a PDF version of your report that can be emailed to you or re-printed.
Q: Will my insurance cover the cost of the test?
A: Check with your insurance provider. Most providers will at the very least cover some of the cost of a consultation with a dietitian, depending on your level of cover.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The price of the test is $365. This is the price set by Nutrigenomix and is paid directly to them. This price includes the cost of the collection kit, all shipping, laboratory analysis of the 45 genes, and detailed personalised PDF report. When you choose to have a Nutrigenomix genetic test you will be required to visit our dietitian in order to collect a saliva sample, and as such the above cost does not include consultation fees.