Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to our most asked questions from patients and consumers.
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Why should I take a genetic test?
Genetics make up the baseline “code” by which your body functions. The impact of every single choice you make throughout your life is influenced by your personal genetic makeup. We test over 134 genes that can affect your metabolism, inflammation, detoxification, fitness, weight, hormones, cognition, and response to your diet and supplements. By understanding how your unique genetics impact these key processes, you can make smarter, more personalized decisions about your health. There may even insights you never imagined (like whether that second cup of coffee is a good idea)!
What will I learn from my 3X4 Genetics Test?
Our genetic test is designed to provide clear insights and recommendations about areas of health that are most important to you:
- Nutrient needs
What are your body’s unique needs and how do you respond to certain foods? How well do you tolerate fat and carbs? What’s your vitamin D need? Do you require extra antioxidants and Omega-3 fats compared to others? Should you limit gluten, salt or caffeine?
- Fitness strengths
What type of exercise will your body respond best to? How can you train smarter in alignment with your genes, for better performance, faster recovery and fewer injuries?
- Proactive prevention
Is your body more prone to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, or high cholesterol? How can you support your cardiovascular system and your immune system for more resilience as you age? We also look at processes like your inflammation, detoxification, methylation and more.
- Ideal Weight
Why does your body resist weight loss and how can you manage your weight in a healthy way that is personalized to your unique body?
- Stress strategies
How does your life stress affect your brain health, your hormones, your sleep quality and your overall wellness? More importantly, what can you do about it?
How is the 3X4 Genetic Test different from other DNA tests?
- Rooted in science
Our tests are based on 20+ years of scientific research and clinical practice. Yael Joffe, PhD who leads the science team at 3X4 is acknowledged globally as an expert in the field of Nutrigenomics and our Scientific Advisory Board of top physicians, scientists, and experts in Functional Medicine are closely involved in the advancement of our scientific thinking. See our Science Board here.
- Practitioner guided
Genetics is complex, you shouldn’t be left alone to understand your genes. Our highly trained practitioner partners will work with you to translate your results and analyse how your genes work together in your body to impact your overall health.
- Actionable insights in order of importance
The 3X4 Blueprint Report uses infographics, explanations and actionable recommendations that are prioritized into the top three suggestions for nutrition; supplements; and lifestyle changes for each of your most genetically impactful pathways (hence the name 3X4!) making it easier to know where to start and how to prioritize meaningful lifestyle changes.
Why do I need to see a practitioner?
Genetics and nutrigenomics, the study of how genes affect our diet and lifestyle choices, is still an emerging science and proper interpretation of results requires specialized training. The 3X4 Test is only available through licensed and trained healthcare practitioners to ensure you get the most value out of your genetic test. All 3X4 Practitioners are all required to complete the 3X4 Blueprint Certification Course. They will evaluate your medical history, lifestyle, personal preferences and environment in conjunction with your genetic information to create a personalized health intervention designed exclusively around you.
How were the genes for this test selected?
Every gene has been selected based on 2 factors: scientific validity and actionability. The genes in the 3X4 Test were selected from peer-reviewed scientific publications. To ascertain scientific validity, we ensure that there is adequate research to understand what the gene does and how the version of the gene you possess affects your body. Every gene in your report has been hand-picked because there is a documented action that your healthcare practitioner can recommend to reduce your risk and improve your health.
How long does it take to get my results back?
After sending in your genetic sample, results take 3-4 weeks to process.
Your practitioner will contact you when your 3X4 Report is available.
What do you do with the DNA sample once it is processed?
Our partner lab securely retains your sample until we are sure we have complete and accurate results to produce a report.
The sample is destroyed 90 days after we have received your results.
I already see a health practitioner; can they offer me the 3X4 Test?
Please contact us and we will let you know. If not, we can introduce you to a 3X4 Blueprint Certified healthcare practitioner.
How is the DNA sample collected? Does it hurt?
Our test kit is a simple and pain-free cheek swab that you can complete at home. A thorough rub with a cotton swab on the inside of each cheek for 60 seconds is all it takes. No spitting or blood draw is required.
How secure is my data?
Data privacy is a top priority for us. We treat your personal information with the rigor and integrity it deserves, and our practices, procedures, policies, and technology are designed to safeguard your privacy and health data.
Can genetic data affect one’s ability to get insurance or employment?
While genetic discrimination is rare, it is both common and understandable to want to know what protections are in place around the use of this type of information. In the United States, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, or GINA, protects all Americans from discrimination on the basis of genetic information when determining eligibility for employment and health insurance. It does not currently extend to life insurance, long-term care insurance, or disability insurance. State-level legislation varies and may provide additional protections.
For more information on GINA, we’ve created this resource: Genetic Information and Discrimination Protections
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