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Epigenetics, DNA and the rise of personalised healthcare

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A London firm has released a tracking test that combines DNA and epigenetics; the study of how behaviours and environment can influence the way genes work.

The test – which Bio-Synergy says is the first of its kind in the world – is based on a subject’s specific genetic make-up and feeds into an app which gives tailored health, performance and lifestyle advice.

This includes: nutritional and vitamin recommendations, pollution and lifestyle tracking, healthy recipe suggestions, basic warm up and cool down videos, gym and home exercise plans, mobility, flexibility and rehabilitation videos, and recovery exercise plans.

The epigenetics test also analyses a range of trackable areas including: biological age, and how to reverse it, hearing, eye sight, memory, inflammation.

The test also detects caffeine sensitivity, bone mineral density, obesity, diabetes, infection risk, muscle mass and stamina, overeating snacking risk, metabolic rate, fat distribution, yoyo diet risk, and lactose intolerance.

Bio-Synergy chief executive Daniel Herman said: “This test kit is the ultimate DNA blueprint to health, performance, and longevity, using algorithms to provide you with the knowledge to make life changing health improvements and reduce potential genetic health risks.

“It uses the most comprehensive DNA profile available, with accurate, state of the art laboratories and science, analysing over 1,000 SNPs – genetic variants – and providing 300 outcomes tailored to your DNA.

“It also delivers hyper-personalised recommendations covering nutrition, exercise, injury prevention, sleep, stress, gut health, immune system and many more – all powered by your genetics and artificial intelligence.”

The test uses a non-invasive saliva collection kit and comes with instructions on how to return it in a pre-paid envelope directly to the lab, with results within two to three weeks. Also included are instructions on how to install the app to receive results and gain access to all other health and wellbeing interventions.

The app allows the customer to measure results and deliver outcomes in real time.

Herman added: “Since the lockdown, many of us are more interested in our health than ever. We want to reach our best potential, whilst also finding out what health risks we may be susceptible to. The test gives a unique profile of results for you to use whenever – for example, when training, when food shopping, or when speaking to a health professional.

“It also gives insights into physiological health issues such as mental health, stress and cognitive function.

“You can also assess your skin ageing, biological ageing and see how this matches up with your chronological age.’’

Bio-Synergy claims the test can allow people to improve performance by aiding an understanding of genetic areas such as muscle power, VO2 max, and anaerobic threshold, information that can help with adapting training.

It also helps people to adapt their diets, monitor athletic readiness and help with areas such as sleep and gut health.

“All humans are unique and we each have our own genetic code which can influence so much of our health.

“Genetic analysis can identify these tiny differences. From our physical build, to which diseases we are predisposed – by unlocking the code of our genes and our environment, we can make smart choices for better health,’’ said Herman. Prices start from £119 for the DNA testing kit.

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