What is Fitgenes?
Fitgenes is an Australian organisation pioneering a new genre of Nutrigenetic and Nutrigenomics education for health care practitioners through the integration of Personalised Genetic Profiling, nutrition and exercise physiology to create truly personalised health and wellness programs. Fitgenes aims to help people maximise their potential for healthy living and healthy aging.
What is Nutrigenomics?
The word Nutrigenomics means ‘food talking to your genes’. Nutrigenomics identifies food-derived bioactive compounds which have the greatest potential to ‘switch on’ the protective genes within our cells and those that can ‘switch off’ the inflammation and disease-promoting genes. Knowing how these cellular ‘switches’ work enables us to reactivate these protective genes which tend to become ‘lazy’ as we age.
What is Personalised Genetic Profiling?
Personalised Genetic Profiling is based on Fitgenes program on how the science of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices interacts with genetics to influence how effectively our body functions. It focuses on the genes that support health and well-being, as these genes can be modified by lifestyle choices. This means that whilst our genes cannot be changed, we can compensate for their effect to maximize our potential for healthy living.
How many genes are tested with the Fitgenes Personalised Genetic Profiling?
Up to 54 of the most potent genes are analysed. The five categories of analysis are immunity and inflammation, cellular defence of detoxification, cardiovascular health, fat metabolism and cholesterol regulation and vitamin D metabolism.
Why are only 54 potent genes included in the Personalised Genetic Profiling?
These 54 potent genes are modifiable genes which will influence biochemical effect on our body to grow, function normally and self-repair.
Who should undertake Personalised Genetic Profiling?
Anyone who wishes to improve the quality of his/her life. Also, those who are currently experiencing symptoms of poor health related to improper lifestyle. Personalised Genetic Profiling is a proactive approach to maximize your potential for healthy living and healthy aging.
How can Personalised Genetic Profiling help me?
It helps you to understand the connection between genes and our propensity for certain lifestyle-related illnesses such as diabetes and obesity. So we adopt a more holistic view of looking at the solution, with the appropriate nutrition and exercise plans to supplement and work with your body instead of against it.
How is my DNA collected?
For standard DNA collection, a swab will be inserted into your mouth and rubbed against the inside of your cheek for approximately 30 seconds.
How long do I need to wait for my results?
Your completed genetic test kit will be processed as soon as it is received by our laboratory and included in the next batch of sample to be tested. The normal waiting time for results is approximately 3 – 4 weeks upon receiving your completed test kit.
Will my personal genetic profile results be shared with anyone else other than me?
No other parties are made privy to your personal data. However, if your own allied health professional of medical practitioner has sold you this genetic kit then it may be in your best interest to show them your genetic profile so they can help interpret your results and plan a suitable proactive course of action for you.
What if my insurance company asks if I have had a personal genetic profile done? What should I tell them? And, will it affect my insurance premium?
Firstly, honesty is the best key. Answering yes to having had your personal genetic profile is the best way. It is important to note that Fitgenes only profiles genes associated with proactive health, as a means of improving your health, fitness and wellbeing. Fitgenes does not profiles genes associated with diseases or disease states. Therefore, it should not influence your insurance premium due to the proactive nature of Fitgenes programs and interventions.
How accurate is the Personalised Genetic Profiling?
Fitgenes uses the very latest genetic testing technology (microarrays) which ensures your DNA results are 99.9% accurate.
What is the difference between a normal blood test and Personalised Genetic Profiling?
A normal blood test identifies the phenotype of your current health status which is less specific and only detects changes in your body when a disease is already present. Personalised Genetic Profiling studies your genotype more specifically and detects the risk for illness/chronic disease before the onset of disease.
Does Personalised Genetic Profiling prevent disease?
The focus of Personalised Genetic Profiling is on preventive health but not on the diagnosis of disease states. Fitgenes analyses the genes that potentially affect fitness, health and nutrition outcomes.
How can this Personalised Genetic Profiling be applied to optimize health, prevent and treat disease?
We study the individual DNA profile to tailor a customized program of lifestyle choices for optimal health and wellbeing.
Why should I start my Personalised Genetic Profiling now?
It is good that genetic profiling is integrated with nutritional intervention at the earliest possible point in the life circle so that it will have profound effects on long-term health.
How does nutrition influence my genes?
Genes do not function in isolation, instead, gene activity depends on a variety of nutrients which we eat daily as co-factors.
Is there any point to do Personalised Genetic Profiling since our DNA is inherited?
Personalised Genetic Profiling allows us to identify genetic mutations present in our DNA that are related to the risk of developing certain diseases. By changing our behaviours and lifestyle practices as early as possible, we may be able to reduce the risk of getting those diseases. In short, we are not trying to change our genes, but rather, influence a different outcome.