the information I wanted
February 2, 2017
I did wonder if the report what age i was likely to live to but maybe that is something too difficult to predict!
Easy DNA review by a DNA Testing Choice user2017-02-02
Eye opening results...
March 17, 2015
But who cares about “macular degeneration”? I’d never heard of this before, so to find out that I might become blind in my old age was not very comfortable reading. I wasn’t best pleased to discover that I have a medium risk of developing obesity, so I might be turning up to the gym a little more often from now on.
The accompanying information makes very interesting reading, with detailed information about all 25 diseases tested. Liked the suggestions tailored to my specific risk categories.
I would recommend taking one of these tests to my family members.
Easy DNA review by a DNA Testing Choice user2015-03-17
My Easy DNA results
March 17, 2015
I’m now of an age where I don’t have to fret about too much about money, but worry almost constantly about my health. It’s not that I’m unhealthy, but I have high cholesterol and there are a few cases of heart disease in my family history.
Given that genetic predisposition tests are becoming more commonplace, I decided try them. I bought two tests (with something so important, I was keen to see if there were any discrepancies, or in other words to find out whether I could really trust the results), one from Easy DNA and one from International Biosciences.
The tests were easy to take, but waiting for the results was not. When the results from the first test arrived in my inbox I have to admit I was extremely nervous. I was about to find out if I was likely to develop an incurable condition, and I’m not sure if I would have really wanted to know that.
The results showed that I am at low risk of 15 conditions including Alzheimer’s and Type 1 diabetes, the latter of which has been in my family before – very good news. The bad news is that there were 9 conditions listed as ‘medium risk’, including lung cancer, breast cancer, and age-related macular degeneration. Even worse than that, the results spelled out that I have a high risk of developing coronary heart disease at some point in my life.
Although this was a bitter pill to swallow, it was not totally unexpected given my family’s experience with heart disease, and indeed I’m already taking medication to reduce my cholesterol level.
When the second set of results arrived, I was relieved to see they were identical to the first, and I was taken aback by the apparent accuracy of the results.
Easy DNA review by a DNA Testing Choice user2015-03-17
December 16, 2014
love having additional information to aid me and my physician in maintaining great quality of life.
Easy DNA review by a DNA Testing Choice user2014-12-16
March 8, 2014
Easy DNA were offering a wide range of DNA tests - I took their ‘Genetic Predisposition Health DNA Test’ to learn about the conditions I might suffer with later in life.Product Expectations
Easy DNA said that by taking their test, I’d be able to identify my likelihood of suffering with 25 major diseases, and even take preventative measures to reduce my risks. The site indicated that my DNA would be tested for Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) which would reveal the conditions I'm predisposed to, and that these would be compared to those of the general population.
Easy DNA made it clear that I should discuss my results with a doctor after I get them. An example report was available on the site which was really useful, and a link to a genetic counselling advice service was provided.Ordering Experience
Purchasing the test was simple. The order form was quick and easy to complete, and I was sent an email saying I’d get the results four weeks after they received my sample. The sample kit arrived in the post two working days later.
To provide a sample I was required to use a tiny device which pricked my finger, this allowed me to place a drop of blood on a sample card. The finger prick was a little painful and I wouldn’t recommend it for the squeamish.
After sending off the sample card, I wasn’t sent confirmation that the lab had received it until four and a half weeks later. The confirmation email said I could expect my results after a further four weeks, and they were eventually emailed to me in a 34 page PDF document.The Results
At the top of the document there was another explanation of SNPs, and that these were mutations in my DNA which would indicate my disease risk for certain conditions. The section said that mutations are only sought where more than 1% of the population inherit them. It was made clear that the test was only a predictive tool, and that I should speak to a doctor if I have concerns about my current state of health.
The document went on to discuss how I should interpret the results, and I found this section (shown below) really helpful.[image1] Results Section: Results Summary
A table listed my risks for the 25 conditions indicated on the Easy DNA website - I was given a high genetic risk for five diseases, a medium genetic risk for 10, and a low genetic risk for the remaining 10.
My high genetic risks (shown below) were for type 2 diabetes, lupus, psoriasis, atrial fibrillation and Graves’ disease. In every case I could see that my lifetime disease risk was significantly higher than that of the general population.[image2]
My lifetime risk of suffering with 'medium risk' conditions (shown below) tended to be 10%-30%. However, two of these lifetime risks seemed very high: Coronary heart disease (56.1% lifetime risk) and osteoarthritis (40.9% lifetime risk). When I compared these risks to the average, I saw that we all share a similar likelihood of suffering with these conditions, and having been given a little context my concerns were reduced.[image3]
It was a relief to see that my risk of suffering with coronary heart disease was ‘medium’ and not ‘high’, as my paternal grandfather passed away from a heart attack in his 60s. That said, the document indicated that although 57% of everyone’s coronary heart disease risk is genetic, 43% of the risk is still dictated by environmental factors, so it’s clear that I shouldn’t become complacent.
Alzheimer’s disease was one of my low genetic risks (3.3% lifetime risk) which was also a relief, as my maternal grandfather suffered with this in his 80s. My low genetic risks are shown below.[image4] Results Section: Condition details
A page was then dedicated to each of the 25 diseases. Each page contained a brief description of how prevalent the condition was, my lifetime risk compared to that of the general population, a table showing the relevant genetic markers that had been examined, and a chart depicting how the risk is influenced by genetic versus environmental factors.
The page devoted to my Alzheimer's results is shown below.[image5]
I found these sections to be a valuable resource as I could look up the diseases I hadn't heard of, and review the results in more detail for the conditions that were a concern.Summary
In conclusion, the genetic predisposition test from Easy DNA was comprehensive and easy to understand. This is definitely one of the best genetic health tests on the market.
That said, I felt the test’s limitations weren’t made clear on the Easy DNA site before I bought, and the description seemed to suggest I’d receive advice to reduce my ‘high’ risks which wasn’t the case. It was also disappointing to receive the results eight and a half weeks after sending off my sample, when I was told it would take only four.
Similar tests can be purchased from other providers, so I’d recommend you take a look around before choosing this genetic predisposition test from Easy DNA.
Click here to visit the Easy DNA website to learn more about their genetic predisposition test.
Easy DNA review by a DNA Testing Choice user2014-03-08