Futura Genetics DNA test review
Would you be interested if you had the ability to know your predisposition to developing a disease in the future?
What if seeing genetic test results related to your risk for a disease helped motivate you to reduce that risk?
Studies are showing that if someone knows that they have genes predisposing them to a particular disease, then they would be more vigilant to symptoms. They would also be able to have an informed decision on further clinical tests and medication even before the disease happens.
With this knowledge I was delighted to be asked would I have a DNA health test and determine my genetic predisposition to diseases in the future.
I have been given this product as part of a product review through the chronic illness bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
The Futura Genetic DNA Health test is a simple and non-invasive genetic test designed to reveal your genetic predisposition for 28 of the most common diseases.
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration
- Alopecia- Androgenetic alopecia,
- Alzheimer's disease
- Atrial fibrillation (AF)
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Celiac disease
- Colorectal cancer
- Coronary heart disease
- Gastric cancer
- Graves' disease
- Intracranial Aneurysm
- Lung Cancer
- Multiple sclerosis
- Open-angle glaucoma
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Prostate cancer
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Venous Thromboembolism
This all sounded a little bit scary, did I really want to know?
Apparently having the test and the results showing a higher than average genetic risk for a certain disease doesn't mean you have the condition or are destined to get it. It is merely suggesting that your genetic risk is higher. Your ACTUAL RISK depends on your lifestyle and environment along with your genetic predisposition. The report will find recommendations that can lower the actual risk.
You only ever need to have the test once as our genes do not change over time. (except on rare occasions)
I was now happy to proceed and obtain the equipment that I needed to fulfil the test.
Firstly you need to go online and order the Genetic DNA Test. It is a simple procedure rather like buying clothing online. The postage is free and you then wait for the box to arrive.
I received a text telling me what day my box would arrive.
The box was a plain white one really discrete, it arrived by courier as arranged.
I was not really sure what to expect but it was so well presented and explained I have had more trouble obtaining a packet of paracetamol in the local supermarket. I was really shocked how simple it was. I would have preferred a small mad scientist in a puff of smoke to hand me a briefcase and then I receive an explosive note telling me when to collect it.
How can such a huge test be so simple?
All I had to do was open the box, register the kit online (punch into my computer some numbers, nothing major) and spit in a tube on the arranged collection day.
The morning came when I had to do the test. I started to over think past Crime Scene Investigates (CSI) and convinced myself this company wanted my DNA to place at the scene of a crime and frame me. Overthinking is my forte, plus I had to spit before my morning caffeine input.
(obviously, the company did not want my DNA for this reason, I am just being dramatic so read on)
Once I had deposited my spit in the tube I then simply put it in the envelope provided and the courier collected it as arranged. I just had to sit back and wait for the email telling me my report was ready to read.
The email finally came and I must admit I was a bit nervous to read it. I had already planned not to tell the boys of anything major shown up as they would only worry and think it was a diagnosis rather than simply a predisposition and lifestyle advice.
The results give you a large paragraph on each disease and a picture key of lifestyle changes to implement to lower your actual risk. Simple things such as avoid smoking, reduce stress, control blood pressure etc.
The report was 26 pages long so I have condensed my results to show you my risks.
Here are my results as they read in my report:
- According to the genetic markers tested, your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration is 14.3 times higher than the average risk.
- You have the ε3ε3 APOE gene variant. Your risk of developing Alzheimer’s is 0.6 times lower than average.
- According to your test results you have increased risk of androgenetic alopecia.
- According to the genetic markers tested your risk of developing atrial fibrillation is 0.79 times lower than the average risk.
- According to the genetic markers tested, your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma is 0.70 times lower than the average risk.
- According to the genetic markers tested, your risk of developing bladder cancer is 1.4 times lower than the average. risk.
- According to the genetic markers tested, you have a moderate risk of developing breast cancer during your lifetime.
- You do not have any of the risk variants for celiac disease.
- According to your test results, you have 0.76 times lower than average risk of developing colorectal cancer.
- According to the genetic markers tested, you have 0.85 times lower than average risk of developing coronary heart disease.
- According to your test results, you have an average risk of developing gastric cancer during your lifetime.
- According to your test results, your risk of developing Graves´ disease is 0.24 times lower than the average risk.
- According to the genetic markers tested, your risk of developing exfoliation glaucoma is 0.01 times lower than the average risk.
- According to the genetic markers tested, your risk for developing an intracranial aneurysm is 0.85 times lower than the average risk.
- According to the genetic markers tested you have 1.1 times higher than average risk of developing lung cancer during your lifetime.
- According to the genetic markers tested you have 1.4 times higher than average risk of developing lupus.
- According to the genetic markers tested you have 0.67 times lower than average risk of developing melanoma.
- According to the genetic markers tested, you have 0.77 times lower than average risk of having migraine headaches during your lifetime.
- According to the genetic markers tested you have 2.3 times higher than average risk of developing multiple sclerosis during your lifetime.
- According to the genetic markers tested, you have 0.46 times lower than average risk of getting obese during your lifetime.
- According to the genetic markers tested, your risk of developing open-angle glaucoma is 1.3 times higher than the average risk
- According to your test results, you have an average risk of developing peripheral vascular disease during your lifetime.
- According to the genetic markers tested you have 0.58 times lower than the average risk of developing psoriasis during your life.
- According to the genetic markers tested, you have 0.55 times lower than the average risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis during your life.
- According to the genetic markers tested you have 1.2 times higher than average risk of having type 1 diabetes.
- According to the genetic markers tested you have 0.80 times lower than the average risk. of having blood clots.
I found the really interesting, I am not shocked by any of the results if I am honest. They are all things that I am consciously aware of such as:
- My hair thinning and with psoriasis and the scratching can bring on alopecia.
- My eyesight is going worse.
- I already had a breast cancer scare in my early twenties and had some ducts removed in an operation. It turned out benign but I am vigilant.
- I am conscious of my lungs and breathing difficulties. I have asthma already. I do not smoke and avoid passive smoking so I am on target with this.
- Lupus and MS are both medical conditions that have been suggested to me already. I see no reason to obtain a diagnosis as the treatment is the same as what I already do with Fibromyalgia so it would simply be another label.
- My optician tests me for Glaucoma on each visit as diabetes is on my records, I am diet controlled.
- As mentioned above with regards diabetes I am diet controlled.
What interested me most was my genetics shown I do not have a predisposition to Migraines or psoriasis even though I suffer from both. This has sparked an interest at now looking deeper into both areas to do a lifestyle and environment elimination.
It was the kick up the backside I needed as to continue to chemical tint my hair every few weeks with psoriasis in my scalp and hair thinning seemed crazy now. So I have given up chemical hair products for good. I have started the process of growing my hair to the natural colour that is grey now not black. It was so liberating to get it cut very short to help this process. Although my friends on my social media think I have tuned into my inner punk, I am really acting for my health and genetic profiling.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to obtain this insight. I firmly believe everyone should get regular health screens and MOT testing. You would not enter into a battle with researching the enemy so why not understand what battles may be ahead. I feel so deeper enriched that I am doing the right things regarding my lifestyle. There still needs to be further modifications but Rome was not built in a day!
Would I recommend this to a friend?
Most definitely! As the company says knowledge is power. I feel fully armed with a greater understanding of my own body and what modifications I need to encompass in my life.
The cost of the kit is £259 and you can purchase your own via the Futura Genetics company web page.
Let me know if you decide to get your profile done.
Love and gentle hugs