It turns out that genetically there are people whose bodies can not process sunlight into vitamin D. Know where? From the DNA test. Here’s my experience with the test.

Ever experienced, has regulated the diet desperately but why when checking blood, cholesterol remains high? Lest you experience like me, where genetically the body does not have the ability to balance fat in the blood.

Or feel already sunbathing until the skin is dark, but how much vitamin D levels in the body remain less? Maybe it’s the same condition as me too. Genes in the body needed to process sun exposure that enters the skin to become vitamin D are not present.

And my confusion regarding the health condition of the body is answered with the name myDNA Test. And this time I want to share my experience undergoing DNA testing.

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What is a DNA test?

This is a test that helps us to know the condition of the body such as vitamins, drugs, skin, nutrition, exercise to the pattern of caffeine consumption needed by our body.

The results of our body’s myDNA test in the form of a genetic profile will be collected and processed to produce reports and insights that we can use to find out everything related to the needs of the body, equipped with recommendations such as nutrition and fitness plans that have been specifically intended based on our DNA. So that our health will be maximal.

Now I want to tell you a little story about the tests I underwent, what the process was like until how the results have answered my confusion about some of the health conditions I experienced.

What is the DNA testing procedure like?

First of all, 30 minutes before the test we do not eat, do not smoke, do not drink and do not use mouthwash.
Then, we swab the liquid in the inner cheek area with a swab,each as much as 10 rounds. When we’re done, we put the swab into the tube. Next, we can register with the barcode that we get.
The swab will be sent to a laboratory located in Melbourne, and we just wait for the results of the test to come out which takes approximately 1 month.
Once the test results come out, we will get a notification and a consultation schedule with the doctor.

So, there are five panels checked:
a. Medications
b. Vitamins
c. Nutrition
d. Caffeine
e. Fitness

But originally there were six panels, namely plus skin, but I only wanted in five panels that I think as needed.

What are my DNA tests like?

As soon as the test results came out, I was scheduled to consult dr Patricia S Yuliana W virtually through zoom. And as it turns out, the test results answer some of my confusion so far, especially regarding cholesterol and vitamin D content in the body.

Panel 1: Medication

This is to illustrate how our body responds to drugs. There are three basic colors of this test: Green, yellow and red. This panel helps especially if there are certain drugs that we need to consume. From here we can see, which types of drugs work well or that do not work well on our bodies.

Red (Major prescribing consideration) means: Which is very quickly removed from the body, meaning that the drug has not had time to work from the body to the fullest, or that does not work at all or slow at all. So for example the dose of therapy needed in two hours must reach the target that needs to be treated, well this is not achieved. We automatically need to replace these drugs.

Yellow (Minor prescribing consideration) means:The drug consumed has no response or dose, for example, normal people consume one grain turned out in us the effect is excessive.

Green (Usual Prescribing Consideration) means: The drug is safe, normal metabolism, the effect of the drug is well achieved.

My results: Nothing red but in yellow, for example gastric drugs such as Lanzoprazole which turns out to be a slow healing effect because genetically he entered in reduced / inadequate, can be replaced with Mylanta / promag. More effective. For drugs are not problematic, because red does not exist, yellow is few and green a lot.

Panel 2: Vitamins

This panel shows how the genetics we have affect the body’s need for vitamins, minerals or other nutrients.

Again there are three categories:
Green: Favourable or fine
Yellow: Less favourable
or the amount is not too much according to the needs of the body Red: Least favourable alias very, very low

My results:

For vitamins are quite a lot that fall into the category of yellow and red. Some examples:

My vitamin B12 is both types of red, meaning I have a B12 deficiency, and it turns out that the average Indonesian is indeed red, so additional supplements are needed.

My Omega3 is red which means the ability to balance fat in the blood is low. Usually people like me are prone to high cholesterol, because the ability of omega 3 in the body to form long fatty acids does not exist, let alone plus a diet that is a lot of fat, automatically there is an increase in triglyceride levels in the blood. So no matter how much I try to keep food, cholesterol levels will remain high.

 

Vitamin D has two problems. Three genes were examined. The GC gene is the gene that transports vitamin D in the body. So if there is an active source of vitamin D in the body is usually carried by this GC Gene into the cells that need it.

CYP2R1 gene: Is a gene that converts vitamin D from our food, it just so happens that my conversion in yellow, for example from 100 percent of foods that contain vitamin D, my body is only able to process into vitamin D by 50%.

DHCR7 gene: A gene in the body that is needed to process sun exposure that enters the skin to become vitamin D. And I’m red, meaning my body’s ability genetically to form vitamin D from sunlight doesn’t happen. So you want to sunbathe will still be less.

This means that my two vitamin D intakes are disrupted even though the transportation is good, the vehicle is there but the source that wants to be brought does not exist, then it needs vitamin D intake from the outside.

For iron there are green and red colors, then there is still a chance of iron in the body is low.
Fortunately, B6, vitamin A and vitamin C fall into the green color group.

 

Panel 3: Nutrition

The results of tests from this panel to show how genetic our body and its effects affect: body size and weight, ability to lose weight, how tomaintain weight loss,how our bodies store fat reserves and process them to cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.

My results:

Weight gain & body size good, I have no tendency to be fat. I have very good genes for fat burning, so if there is fat in the body, then my body will burn itself. It turns out that the condition of having burning hormone is quite rare you know (proud, ahahaha). Dietary advice: Carbohydrates 55%, fat 20%, protein 25%.

Panel 4: Fitness

The results of this fitness panel to show approximately what the body’s muscle power and strength, endurance, how easy we have an accident and the body’s ability to recover. So, we can know the challenges we have when exercising, choosing the type of exercise in order to get maximum results and done efficiently. Just like the other panels, there are three categories of colors, green, yellow and red.

My results:

I fit into the choice of exercise that focuses on power, but the stamina is standard, and the chance of muscle and ligament injuries is quite large. Because the collagen in the muscles and ligaments is not too large, causing the muscles and ligaments not to be too elastic, it is recommended to warm up enough before exercise. Then, in the middle of a sports session it is recommended to rest for a while before continuing again so that the muscles or ligaments do not work too hard.

Fortunately, the ability to recover is good, meaning that if exercise runs out, to return to normal the muscles do not take long.

There is actually one more panel that is the Caffeine panel, where in the panel there is such a thing as the Caffeine Window, so when is the right time for us to consume caffeine, interesting yes!

What I explained above is only a small part of the results I received yes, because the test results per point are many. But that’s roughly the picture of the DNA test and the results I received.

For me personally, this DNA test is worth it to live, because once a test for a lifetime.

It’s true that a DNA test 😊.

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