Health Testing Reviews for Gene Planet

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Summary

The NutriFit test from Gene Planet is excellent. They have absolute confidence in their analysis and interpretation of your DNA, as demonstrated by the summary of genes analysed and the comprehensive scientific sources.

Although the nutritional charts are amazing, it was a shame that there weren’t any meal or training plans included in the report. This was the only aspect that I felt was missing.

This is one of the most expensive tests on the market but its excellent value for money, especially as you get a pre and post-test consultation with an expert. I highly recommend this test to anyone with a serious interest in acquiring and maintaining good health.

Full Review

About two years ago we took Gene Planet’s ‘Personal DNA Analysis’ and were dazzled to receive a beautiful booklet covering predisposition to disease, response to medications and genetically determined traits. This time we were offered a look at their ‘NutriFit’ test and were delighted to receive a second beautiful booklet! We were told it was chock full of recommendations tailored to my DNA, which would help me plan my optimal diet and live a healthy lifestyle…

Product Expectations

Gene Planet’s website said the NutriFit test would improve my health in the follow ways: I’d discover the micro and macro nutrients I need, learn about my metabolism and response to physical activity, and identify if I’ve inherited high cholesterol, high blood sugar, weak bones or a susceptibility to being overweight. I’d also be told how I metabolise alcohol, caffeine and lactose, if I’m prone to oxidative stress, and which sports activities are best suited to my muscle type.

Gene Planet would give me the results of 35 analyses covering 110 genetic variations, and nutritional tables covering 200 different foods to help me plan my diet. It was great to see such a specific description of the booklet I’d receive, and I was confident the test would help me live a healthier lifestyle. There was even a demo version of the booklet on the site to explore!

Gene Planet discussed the limitations of their test in their terms and conditions, so I knew the traits they'd report on would be likelihoods and not statistical certainties. It's a shame these limitations weren't easier to find on the site.

Ordering Experience

Using the Gene Planet website was a terrific experience – it was super easy to order the test and I received a saliva collection kit in the post after just two days.

It was great to see that the terms and conditions said I could contact Gene Planet before and after the test for a medical consultation about my results. An email address and phone number were provided and I have to say, knowing I could reach out to them was incredibly reassuring.

The terms also stated that my sample would be destroyed after testing, and there was no mention of Gene Planet using my sample or my results for research purposes, or selling it to a third party. In fact, the terms explicitly stated that they’d only use the data they acquire from my DNA to the extent that it was necessary to give me the results. I thought this was excellent as I know that other DNA testing companies sell your data after you take their test.

I had no trouble providing the saliva sample, but when it came to sending it back, I asked DHL (the company Gene Planet use to send and collect the sample) to bring a DHL envelope when they picked it up, just as Gene Planet instructed. However, DHL said their drivers do not carry DHL envelopes so I had to go to a DHL centre first to get the envelope before arranging the pick-up!

It was a shame that Gene Planet didn’t confirm that they’d received my sample, as I didn’t know they’d got it until I received an email to say my results were ready five weeks later!

Results

Five weeks after returning my samples, the results arrived in the post as a beautiful, 106-page glossy booklet.

The report was divided into 13 sections: ‘Results Summary', ‘The ABCs of genetics and diet’, ‘The way to your ideal body weight’, ‘Your gene’s influence on metabolism and health’, ‘The vitamins and minerals your body needs’, ‘Influences on your eating habits’, ‘The effectiveness of your metabolism’, ‘Your genes, detoxification and antioxidants’, ‘Your genes, sports and recreation’, ‘Addictions and ageing’, ‘Summary of genes analysed’, ‘Nutritional Charts’, and ‘Scientific Sources’.

The 'Results Summary' was fantastic! Every single genetic analysis had been listed, 33 in total, with my result shown alongside (e.g. lower risk, high sensitivity) with a one-sentence summary explaining the result and giving a recommendation. The summary gave me a superb snapshot of the results and what I should do about them.

The next section was titled 'The ABCs of genes & diet' and it contained a terrific explanation of DNA and why the genetic variations analysed determine the traits we inherit. There was a clear explanation of nutrigenetics – why our genes determine our ideal diet – and a simple yet thorough description of the principles of nutrition. Having read it, I fully understood why tailoring my diet and training plan to my genes would have a positive impact on my health.

Results Section: Your ideal body weight

This section revealed that I had a lower than average risk of being overweight, that I had the average response to saturated fats, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, but that I had a very unfavourable response to carbohydrates. This completely rings true with me, I’m slightly overweight – I just can’t give up carbs! – but whenever I’ve tried cutting out carbohydrates, I’ve experienced weight-loss, and at a much faster rate than when I don’t cut out carbs but exercise regularly. My results are shown below:

The influence of diet on my bodyweight.

The influence of diet on my bodyweight.

A page was dedicated to each of the five analyses, and each page showed how my result compared to the average, the extent to which environmental (non-genetic) factors play a part, and recommendations for tailoring my diet were made – these referred the superb nutritional tables at the end of the report.

At the end of this section, I was told that I needed a ‘balanced diet with a controlled intake of carbohydrates’. Tables were provided to show the food groups I should include in my diet, my optimal daily calorie intake (according to the physical activity I’d undertake that day) and my recommended daily percentages of basic nutrients.

Results Section: Your genes' influence

This section revealed that I had an average response to HDL (good) cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar. My results are shown below:

Factors influencing my metabolism.

Factors influencing my metabolism.

A page was dedicated to each of the four analyses, and each page showed how my result compared to the average, the extent to which environmental (non-genetic) factors play a part, and recommendations for tailoring my diet were made – these referred the superb nutritional tables at the end of the report.

I was really happy with these results – as long as I don’t have a more unfavourable response than average, I see no reason to worry about these analyses!

Results Section: Vitamins and minerals

This section revealed that I’m likely to have a high level of Vitamin D and Potassium, an average level of Vitamin B6, Iron and that I’m likely to have the average bone density, but that I’m likely to suffer with low levels of Vitamin B9, Vitamin B12 and salt. My results are shown below:

My requirement for nutrients.

My requirement for nutrients.

A page was dedicated to each of the eight analyses, and each page explained why these vitamins and minerals were important, and made recommendations for tailoring my diet – these referred the superb nutritional tables at the end of the report.

I was fascinated to learn about the deficiencies I’m likely to be suffering with. I was impressed that Gene Plant explained which foods I should eat to get these nutrients, and that they only recommended vitamin supplements on the back of my bone density result (calcium, magnesium, manganese, Vitamin K).

Results Section: Your eating habits

This section revealed that I have a lower than average propensity to choose sweet foods (I’ve not found this to be the case!), a lower likelihood of feeling unsatisfied after a meal, that I find the taste of sugar less intensive than average, and that the taste of salt is of average intensity for me. My results are shown below:

My eating habits.

My eating habits.

A page was dedicated to each of the four analyses, and each page explained why the genetic variations I carried produced these traits. There was solid advice against each analysis for combatting the negative effects of these traits. I was particularly interested in the advice for ‘Consumption of sweet treats’ which said brushing my teeth would help me fight an overwhelming urge for sugar (I’ve found this to be true!), that I should pick fruit when I want something sweet (hard to do but I’ve found this helps), and that rice waffles covered in honey or yogurt are a great substitute for chocolate bars and the like. Unfortunately, I detest rice waffles so I won’t be taking this advice!

Results Section: Your metabolism

This section revealed that I metabolise alcohol, caffeine and lactose quickly and effectively. Great news as I love all three!

A page was dedicated to each of the three analyses, and each page explained why the genetic variations I carried produced these traits. There were also recommendations for mitigating the negative effects of caffeine, alcohol and lactose, but I didn’t pay much attention as my DNA seems so well-equipped to deal with them!

Results Section: Your genes, detoxification and antioxidants

This section revealed that I’m predisposed to low levels of selenium, average levels of Vitamin E, and that I experience an unfavourable response to oxidative stress.

A page was dedicated to each of the three analyses, and each page explained why the genetic variations I carried produced these traits, and gave recommendations for mitigating the negative effects.

My selenium result is shown below:

My selenium result.

My selenium result.

This result was worrying as I know selenium’s an important anti-oxidant. From previous DNA tests I know I have a high predisposition toward prostate cancer, and I’ve been recommended selenium supplements before so this result is no surprise.

Results Section: Genes & sport

This section revealed that I’m predisposed to greater muscle endurance, that I’d find strength training moderately beneficial for weight-loss, and that I have a low tendency to injury (which I haven’t found to be the case!).

A page was dedicated to each of the three analyses, and each page explained why the genetic variations I carried produced these traits, and gave recommendations for mitigating the negative effects.

Results Section: Addictions and ageing

This section revealed that I have the average predisposition to nicotine addiction, a lower than average predisposition to alcohol addiction, but that I’m predisposed to faster than average biological ageing.

The nicotine and alcohol results weren’t news to me, I drink and smoke from time to time but am able to stop for years at a time if I choose. The biological ageing result was disappointing, especially it’s been said that I’m vain!

A page was dedicated to each of the three analyses, and each page explained why the genetic variations I carried produced these traits, and gave recommendations for mitigating the negative effects.

The biological ageing section recommended that I try to stay out of the sun (which I do already), that I use sunscreen, that I make sure I get plenty of sleep, and that I eat zucchinis for the beta-carotene they contain – apparently this slows down biological ageing and has anti-carcinogenic effects!

At the end of the booklet I was presented with a summary which was especially impressive. Each of the 105 genes analysed was listed, the reason for the analysis, the role of the gene, and my particular genetic variation was shown alongside. This is a mind-blowing resource as I’m able to Google any analysis I wanted to learn more about, and check Gene Planet’s interpretation of my result if I wished.

Summary

The NutriFit test from Gene Planet is excellent. They have absolute confidence in their analysis and interpretation of your DNA, as demonstrated by the summary of genes analysed and the comprehensive scientific sources.

Although the nutritional charts are amazing, it was a shame that there weren’t any meal or training plans included in the report. This was the only aspect that I felt was missing.

This is one of the most expensive tests on the market but its excellent value for money, especially as you get a pre and post-test consultation with an expert. I highly recommend this test to anyone with a serious interest in acquiring and maintaining good health.

Please note that we were invited to take this test free of charge.

Click here to visit the Gene Planet website to learn more about the DNA Tests they offer.

Index

  • Summary
  • Full Review
  • Product Expectations
  • Ordering Experience
  • Results
  • Results Section: Your ideal body weight
  • Results Section: Your genes' influence
  • Results Section: Vitamins and minerals
  • Results Section: Your eating habits
  • Results Section: Your metabolism
  • Results Section: Your genes, detoxification and antioxidants
  • Results Section: Genes & sport
  • Results Section: Addictions and ageing
  • Summary

At a Glance

Editor's Rating:
Customer Service:
Clarity of Results:
References Cited:
Value for Money:

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Summary

Overall, the ‘Personal genetic analysis’ from Gene Planet was very high quality. The results were comprehensively explained, contained lots of practical advice, and clearly referenced all the supporting studies.

Although the test’s limitations for each disease are outlined in the results, I felt the website suggested measures could be taken for reducing ALL disease risks, when I know this isn’t possible for Alzheimer’s. I'd like to see Gene Planet do more to make sure people aren't misled before they buy.

That said, there’s no doubt this is one of the best tests on the market despite being one of the most expensive.

Full Review

Gene Planet were offering a ‘Personal genetic analysis’ which would test for my genetically determined disease risks, medication responses, and a number of physical traits. I decided to give it a go…

Product Expectations

Their site said the personal genetic analysis would tell me my genetic predisposition to 20 diseases, and suggest ways to reduce the risk for each. I’d be shown my genetically determined responses to six medications, and learn if the dosages need be tailored to my DNA (in the event I’m ever prescribed them). I’d even be presented with 14 of my inherited traits, including my likelihood of baldness and sensitivity to nicotine addiction! It was great to see that example results had been provided on the site so I knew what to expect.

Ordering Experience

The order form required a lot of information but I was able to purchase the test without any problems. I received the kit after two working days via DHL, and sent my saliva samples off to their lab. One working day later they told me they’d received the samples, and my results arrived in the post five and a half weeks after that.

The Results

The results came in a custom-made hardback book which contained over 100 pages! The introduction said that over 150 regions of my genome had been tested for the 38 analyses in the book. It was made clear that the results were not diagnoses, and that I should consult my doctor if the recommended lifestyle changes were significant. I was reassured to read that Gene Planet’s recommendations follow the guidelines laid out by the Human Genetics Commission, a UK advisory body.

The book had been split into several sections: A results summary, genetic facts, a guide to using the book, my genetic disease risks, my response to medications, my genetically determined traits, my analysed genes, and scientific sources.

Results Section: Results Summary

The summary listed 19 diseases. Each had a green, orange or red icon alongside, to indicate whether my risk was decreased, average or increased. I was startled to discover I had an increased risk of suffering with six diseases (atrial fibrillation, coeliac disease, glaucoma, type 2 diabetes, lung cancer and colorectal cancer), but a short paragraph by each reassured me there were preventative measures I could take. A summary of my genetic risk factors for developing four of the 19 diseases (cancers) is shown below.

A summary of my genetic risk factors for developing cancer.

A summary of my genetic risk factors for developing cancer.

The analysis of my six medication responses and 14 traits had also been summarised, with coloured icons to signify the findings, and the reasons why my genes were responsible for each result. A summary of nine of my 14 genetically determined physical features and traits is shown below.

A summary of nine of my 14 genetically determined physical features and traits.

A summary of nine of my 14 genetically determined physical features and traits.

Results Section: Genetic Facts

The genetic facts section contained statistics, an explanation of DNA, and told me why mutations are important. The limitations of the test were also discussed in more detail, which helped me understand why my genes don’t tell the whole story.

Results Section: My Genetic Disease Risks

Most of the book was dedicated to my genetic disease risks. For each of the 19 diseases that were reported on, two pages covered general disease information, my risk summary, my percentage lifetime risk, the average lifetime risk, the influence that genes have vs. the environment for that condition, a medical advice section, and a prevention and therapy section.

The glaucoma result was of particular interest as my eyesight has always been poor. Each result was summarised in a central section and my glaucoma result is shown below.

My glaucoma result.

My glaucoma result.

I was told I had a ‘slightly increased risk’ and that my lifetime risk was 5.33% vs. the average risk of 4%. It was interesting to read that our genes only influence 15% of glaucoma risk, and the environment influences 85%. I was advised to have eye tests every two years after the age of forty, and if ‘elevated intraocular pressure’ is detected (one of the main risk factors for glaucoma); then drugs can be used to lower it to prevent (or treat) the condition. If drug therapy fails, I learned that surgical and laser procedures could also be undertaken.

Results Section: My Response to Medications

For each of my six medication responses, a page provided a thorough explanation of what each drug did, my response summary, why genes change the medication’s effectiveness, and a list of the other names they’re known by. I saw that three medications would be less effective for me, one of these being ‘metformin’ which is used to regulate blood glucose levels (my metformin result is shown below).

My metformin result.

My metformin result.

Results Section: My Genetically Determined Traits

For each of the 14 traits reported on, a page described the physical characteristic in more detail, whether there were any positive or negative effects associated, the genetic and environmental factors linked to that trait, and how my genes influenced the result.

I was relieved to see I had a low likelihood of developing baldness (my baldness result is shown below). My AR gene and genetic region between genes PAX1 and FOX indicate I’m three times less prone to this trait than average.

My baldness result.

My baldness result.

Summary

Overall, the ‘Personal genetic analysis’ from Gene Planet was very high quality. The results were comprehensively explained, contained lots of practical advice, and clearly referenced all the supporting studies.

Although the test’s limitations for each disease are outlined in the results, I felt the website suggested measures could be taken for reducing ALL disease risks, when I know this isn’t possible for Alzheimer’s. I'd like to see Gene Planet do more to make sure people aren't misled before they buy.

That said, there’s no doubt this is one of the best tests on the market despite being one of the most expensive.

Click here to visit the Gene Planet website to learn more about their genetic predisposition test.

Index

  • Summary
  • Full Review
  • Product Expectations
  • Ordering Experience
  • The Results
  • Results Section: Results Summary
  • Results Section: Genetic Facts
  • Results Section: My Genetic Disease Risks
  • Results Section: My Response to Medications
  • Results Section: My Genetically Determined Traits
  • Summary