The Fitcode Genetic Test gave me insights into my high cholesterol, joint issues, bone strength, and best fitness programs!
I am fascinated by genetic testing, and was excited to try the Fitcode Genetic Test. Now that we have successfully mapped our genes, it is possible for a simple cheek swab to give us useful information about ourselves.
And since I am adopted and know nothing about my family history, this information is even more important.
The Fitcode Test
Orig3n offers a few genetic tests to consumers, including skin and nutrition assessments. They offered me their most comprehensive test, the Fitcode test, to review. This test is priced at $149, and analyzes endurance, power performance, metabolism, joint health, and exercise recovery.
I received the test, which came in an unassuming small box. The box contained instructions, a release, a return label, and the collection kit. The cheek swab was easy, and I had the kit boxed up and ready to go within a few minutes. The return shipping is paid, so all I had to do is drop it in the mailbox.
I received an email after about two weeks (the sit says four) with a link to my results. The results may be viewed via an iOS app, or on any browser.
The report is broken up into the categories above, and lets you know whether you are Gifted, Normal, or need Adaptation regarding a specific gene. While normal in most respects, I had a few areas of concern, most of which I already thought were the case, but never had proof.
I am gifted in terms of Cell Repair in recovery. According to the report,
You have a less common result that is found in 25% of the population. People with this result may have better protection than people with AA or AG against free radical damage from high intensity sports. People like you are typically associated with faster recovery from intense exercise.
I love short bursts of High Intensity exercise, versus long term endurance things that annoy me. Always have!
So it is also interesting that I am gifted in fast twitch muscles (again, better for short term, high intensity sprints), lower levels of inflammation (so I recover faster from the intensity), and greater blood flow to my muscles that leads to more power (I love my heavy weights). I also have strong joints that are less prone to osteoarthritis (again, less inflammation).
Studies have shown that this result is more often associated with power athletes than those with the CC genotype. People like you may have greater blood flow to your muscles and therefore more strength for exercise that requires power over endurance.
I have always felt that my joints were hypermobile, and they are! I have the gene associated with hypermobile joints. It is important for me to keep my joints strong to avoid injury.
I also have two genes that make it harder for my body to metabolize saturated fat, which explains my tendency towards higher than average cholesterol and weight gain. That means I have to watch my consumption of saturated fats.
Of more concern to me is the gene that leads to weaker bones and issues with vitamin D use.
You have a result found in about 60% of the population. This gene codes for the Vitamin D receptor and functions to control calcium and phosphorous levels in your body which is important for your skeletal muscle strength. This result is associated with a higher risk of muscle and bone injury when performing high intensity sports.
I have had issues with broken bones not healing (remember the great crushed toe incident of 2013?), and should probably be a bit more concerned about osteoporosis prevention.
While so much of the information we get regarding our bodies is questionable at best, I now feel like I have a better understanding of my body, including how to train and what to watch out for.
It makes sense that I detest running and any long form cardio, preferring to do short, high intensity sprints. It also makes sense that I gravitated into modalities that focus on power, strength, and joint mobility. I dislike yoga because all of that joint stretching hurts me, but I love Pilates because there is so much strength and power work that I can reign in my overly flexible joints.
And now I know that my sensitivity to saturated fat really is a genetic gift, and that I need to maintain bone and joint strength more so than mobility.
This really was an eye opener for me, and I am so happy that I did this!