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About the test
Which sports and what kind of nutrition is ideal for you? Do you want to strengthen your bones and muscles in a targeted manner and counteract the risk of injury? Your genetics can give you valuable clues – for an individual training and nutrition plan that is tailored to your DNA.
Optimise your workout gains and identify your individual nutritional requirements through genetic testing with the DNA Fitness Test.
The cerascreen® DNA Fitness Test analyses genetic variations of five genes in a saliva sample. These genetic variations provide information about your risk of developing oxidative stress and bone loss and about which sports and exercise plans suit your individual endurance levels and muscle fibre type.
DNA Fitness Test
- State-of-the-art DNA analysis of the different genetic variations
- Professional evaluation in a certified medical laboratory
- Recommendations on health and athletic performance
- Based on current scientific findings
- Result within 3 weeks after sample arrival
Benefits of the DNA Fitness Test
Athletic performance is best achieved in harmony with your body. With the DNA fitness analysis, you receive information about which genetic predispositions you bring with you. This allows you to tailor your diet and training to your individual needs.
With the cerascreen® DNA Fitness Test, you receive a DNA analysis based on the most cutting-edge of biotechnology. You don’t have to put up with any waiting times at a doctor’s surgery, and you don’t have to travel to a clinic. You simply collect your sample discreetly and conveniently at home. The professional analysis is carried out by a specialised medical laboratory.
Take advantage of our expertise: cerascreen® is the market leader for at-home medical sample-taking and mail-in kits in Europe, with eight years of experience in the development and analysis of tests. We have developed more than 50 different approved sample-taking and send-in kits (medical products), analyse around 150,000 samples per year, and serve 19 different European countries.Results
Result of the DNA Fitness Test
As soon as your sample has been analysed, you will receive a notification via the My cerascreen® app or your user account on our website for your test results. You can view your results on your smartphone, tablet or computer; you can also print them out.
Find out from the laboratory analysis how characteristics of the five analysed gene variants can be interpreted. Clear recommendations help you discover which sports might be particularly suitable for you and what you can do to improve your fitness. Comprehensive health information will explain the role of your genes when it comes to cell health, bones, muscles and endurance.Questions
Frequently asked questions about DNA Fitness Test
Why should I test my fitness genes?
You’ve probably noticed that some sports are easier for you than others and that you have been able to improve in them quickly. In other sports, you can’t keep up - no matter how hard you have trained for them. Why is this the case?
There is growing scientific evidence that our athleticism is rooted in our genes. Certain characteristics in your DNA can influence muscles, bones and endurance, among other things. This means that your DNA determines your performance in certain sports, such as your endurance level, how your muscles work and where you might be at risk in terms of your health.
The cerascreen® DNA Fitness Test helps you gain insights into these correlations and advises you on how to adjust your exercise plan and your diet accordingly.
Please note: If the DNA analysis shows you are at greater risk of developing certain diseases, this does not automatically mean that you will develop these illnesses! The genetic predispositions are about probabilities and indicate the possibility of problems emerging. Our fitness and health recommendations are equally useful for people who do not have predispositions.
Who should take the DNA Fitness Test?
The test is an excellent choice for all people who want to achieve high performance in sports without compromising their health. It is also worthwhile for those just starting to do more intensive sports, who want to minimise the risk of injury or optimise their performance right from the start.
If you already experience problems when undertaking sport – for example, frequent muscle injuries, the cerascreen® DNA Fitness Test may be able to help you get to the root of the problem.
How does the DNA Fitness Test work?
For the DNA Fitness Test, take a small saliva samples from the oral mucosa with the cotton swab that is included in the DNA Fitness Test kit. After using the swab, insert the saliva samples into the enclosed sample tubes. Send the saliva samples to our medical partner laboratory by using the free return envelope. The lab will then carry out the analysis based on DNA sequencing.
DNA sequencing is a highly complex, state-of-the-art process. How long the analysis will take depends on the quality of the sample provided - sometimes, the medical laboratory has to repeat the analysis multiple times. Therefore, it can take up to four weeks until you receive your individual test results.
What do I have to consider when I take the test?
The higher the quality of the sample, the faster and more easily the laboratory can analyse it. You can contribute to this by adhering to the following guidelines for taking a saliva sample:
- Do not eat or drink anything for at least half an hour before collecting the saliva sample- Do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash for at least half an hour before collecting the saliva sample- Do not smoke within 30 minutes of taking the tests- The sample must be stored in a dry place for 24 hours before it is sent. During this time, the sample dries via the aeration membrane at the bottom of the sample tube.
What does the results report tell me?
Based on the five analysed genes, the results report provides you with information about your individual genetic characteristics related to your fitness. You will receive possible interpretations and corresponding recommendations for your genetic tendencies.
The following aspects of your fitness are assessed:
- Tendency to develop oxidative stress
- Tendency to bone loss
- Endurance type
- Muscle fibre type
What kind of recommendations will I receive?
You will receive recommendations for each of the genetic characteristics examined, including recommendations for sports that might be particularly suitable for you.
You will also receive general tips for ensuring strong bones and powerful muscles that you can use in your day-to-day life. The recommendations also include tips on nutrition and supplementation, as well as recipes.
What does a tendency to develop oxidative stress mean?
Oxidative stress is present in your body when a large number of so-called free radicals are present. Free radicals are oxygen molecules that can cause inflammation in cells and are thought to promote cardiovascular disease, cancer and skin ageing, among other things.
This oxidative stress can arise from intensive training, for example, and increase the risk of muscle injuries. This may be the result of a genetic predisposition. In this case, it is particularly worthwhile to reduce oxidative stress.
One of the things that can help are the opponents of free radicals, the antioxidants. They protect the cells from the harmful effects of oxidative stress. Antioxidants can be supplied in a targeted way through nutrition; antioxidant nutrients include vitamins C, E and B2, zinc, selenium and iodine, as well as secondary plant compounds.
What does a tendency to bone loss mean?
The gene variants examined in the test indicate how quickly your body breaks down collagen and how actively vitamin D works in your body.
Collagen is a protein that appears most frequently in the body. It is particularly important for connective tissue and bones. To be able to produce collagen, you need certain amino acids and sufficient vitamin C.
Vitamin D, among other things, is needed, so that the gut can sufficiently absorb the mineral calcium. Calcium is essential for strong bones. Therefore, a vitamin D deficiency can lead to a calcium deficiency and thus increase the risk of osteoporosis.
If you have an increased tendency to bone loss, it is particularly recommended that you pay attention to your vitamin D and calcium levels to support your body in the formation of collagen.
What is an endurance type?
Depending on the different gene variants, people show a tendency to have more or less endurance when it comes to sports. If your genetics point to the endurance type, then ball sports and long-distance running, for example, might be suitable for you. Your personal results report will give you several suggestions for sports that fit the identified endurance type of your DNA.
Please note: Even if you are not the endurance type, it would still be a good idea to do at least some endurance training, as it is proven to be good for your cardiovascular health.
What is a muscle fibre type?
Our skeletal muscles consist of numerous muscle fibres that can contract and thus enable us to move our bodies in the first place. The skeletal muscle fibres can be classified according to how quickly and powerfully they can contract. There are:
- Slow-twitch muscle fibres (type I)
- Fast-twitch muscle fibres (type II)
- Intermediate-twitch fibres (type III)
You have all these muscle fibre types in your body, but one particular type is usually prevalent than the others. Indications of this can be found in the gene variants examined in the DNA test.
The muscles of people who have mainly slow-twitch muscle fibres, for example, tend to exhaust only slowly during sports. In this case, the muscles are particularly suitable for long-distance running, cycling and endurance swimming.
Fast-twitch muscle fibres, on the other hand, become tired quicker, while also twitching more quickly and powerfully. They are helpful for sprinting and gymnastics, for example.
Why are children under 18 not allowed to take the test?
Our tests are not suitable for underage children and adolescents under the age of 18. Under 18s cannot activate the tests online and therefore cannot receive a test result. We ask that you do not administer the tests to your children either.
Children and adolescents need much closer supervision and counselling regarding medical tests and their interpretation. Testing with lancets and chemicals is not without risk and would need to be closely supervised by guardians. In addition, the reference values we give are always based on adult data. In the case of children, the risk of misinterpreting the results would be very high.
We want to fulfil our responsibility as a provider of medical products and ensure that children and adolescents are not unsettled by measurement results that are difficult for them to interpret. Since we cannot control whether the minors' legal guardians actually consent to the test being carried out and supervise them, we exclude tests for under 18s altogether.
If you are under 18 and have purchased a test, please contact our customer support.
Why does it take up to a week for the sample to reach the lab?
Please bear in mind that your results will not be analyzed in the UK but in Germany. For that reason, it can take up to a week for the sample to arrive at the lab. This does not affect the stability of the samples, as the method we are using is optimized for long transports.
Initially, your sample is sent to our collection center in the UK. From there, it is shipped to our central sample sorting facility in Germany, which then distributes samples to our partner laboratories. Once your sample is analyzed there, you will receive a notification and can access your result online.
Please check your mailbox regularly. We will notify you as soon as your sample is sent, arrives, or is analyzed.Reviews
This is how it works
Your test kit contains everything you need to take a small saliva sample. Then send the sample back to us free of charge in the enclosed return envelope.
After the evaluation in the medical specialist laboratory, you will have online access to your personal result report.
Your access to the test results and the evidence-based findings and tips to improve your health: the my cerascreen® user profile on our website or our app.
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