How can I trust the results?

The scientific studies chosen as an input for our knowledge base are highly curated peer reviewed studies with statistically significant populations and generalize-ability. As such the knowledge base is the most comprehensive and rigorous set of genomics studies available today. However, a predisposition likelihood model is a risk model and it provides likelihood assessments for a trait. It helps to make precautionary choices for lifestyle, which would allow to mitigate any potential adverse effects of a negative trait and taking advantage of a positive trait.

Wellness Genomics is based on the same rigorous scientific principles as Personalized Medicine. As an example consider a well-known genetic variant rs429358 that significantly increases the risk for Alzheimer disease. Having this variant, does not necessarily mean that a person has the disease, or will get the disease. It does, however, indicate the higher risk for a disease. Knowing this information may help the individual to take preventive action.  Similarly, genetic variations associated with decreased levels of an essential vitamin or mineral, indicate risk for potential micronutrient deficiency. An individual with higher genetic-based risk for deficiency in vitamin D, for example, is encouraged to consume foods rich in vitamin D, monitor vitamin D level, and talk to nutritionist  or healthcare provider about vitamin D supplementation.

While everyone needs to make sure to follow general recommendations for all essential minerals and vitamins, it is even more important to monitor those for which you have elevated genetics-based risks.

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