The Circle DNA test came with over 500 reports across key areas such as cancer and disease risk; carrier status of heritable conditions; optimal diet and nutrition; talent and sports performance; ancestry and even personality.
I took the test because I felt that there wasno pointsaving so much for retirement but not having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. To me, mental and physical health is one of the most important things. These are aspects in life I would not scrimp and save on. What is the point of saving so much, only to give it to the hospital in the end?
Furthermore, I intend to start a family in the future. I care about their wellbeing and do not wish to pass on any unfavourable diseases.
In health and in life, there is a lot in life that we cannot control. However, what we can do is to be strategic – plan ahead, identify risks, and do what we can to mitigate them along the way. You can’t change your DNA, what you can control is your diet, exercise, lifestyle and mindset.
During the ongoing Covid19 Pandemic, Circle DNA also launched a non-profit initiative called Project Screen that will allow people to go online, receive and return their home-test kit and receive their results within 24 hours.
Here are some fun facts I’ve learnt about myself. I hope that you will enjoy this review of CircleDNA
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1. Your DNA can tell which cancers and disease you’re at risk of getting
The Circle DNA report will give you insights into your risk level for diseases and cancer. The DNA test determines whether or not you carry inherited genetic mutations that may increase your risk of developing cancer and also risk of other chronic/complex illness.
How would this knowledge help you?
Firstly, you can be proactive about your health and go for regular screening. This will empower you by allowing you to detect cancer at an earlier and more treatable stage.
Also, you can take steps to change your lifestyle and diet to avoid these diseases manifesting later in life.
Thankfully, I did not have any cancer risks detected. However, I do have an elevated risk of Gallstone disease.
Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Since I have elevated risk of this disease, what I can do to reduce my risk would be to
2. Your DNA impacts your ability to digest certain foods
Research shows that variations in certain genes can have a significant effect on the way our body responds to the food we consume.
With information about how our genes impact our ability to digest certain food groups, we can optimise our health by building our personal plate based on how our body handles food groups like carbs, fats, dairy, and more.
My test results showed that I had some sensitivities to salt. Individuals who have higher sensitivities to salt tend to be at risk of high blood pressure. I eat Encik Tan and Qiji a lot because it is the cheapest thing at Suntec City. I guess it is time to look for other options with less salt 🙁
To mitigate this, what I should be doing is to (1) Limit my salk intake to no more than 4g per day (2) be mindful about hidden salts in food such as bread, sauces and some breakfast cereals and (3) pick low sodium options
I also learnt that I have increased need for cruciferous vegetables to help promote toxin removals. And, my Coeliac predisposition is high which means that I could try to opt for gluten free options
3. Your DNA can help you understand your success traits and brain health
Your likelihood of success in life could be written in your DNA. There is evidence to show that the best predictor of your life’s outcome isn’t just linked to your environment (i.e. your upbringing and social class) but to your genetic make-up, too.
I was really surprised to find out my memory skills is only normal. Many people who know me in real life tell me I have a super good memory. I guess perhaps that is because I am interested in people’s lives, their stories and experiences.
Only 52 percent of someone’s ability to remember things is genetic. Perhaps I ate the right kind of food when I was younger, or maybe it was the Singapore education system that trained me well.
I also did pretty well in Entrepreneurship Tendency (AQ). Research has shown that one/s tendency to be an entrepreneur is only 30-40% influenced by our genes. AQ stands for adversity, or simply, resilience.
This is further backed up by another segment in the report which says that my Stress Tolerance is Warrior level which means I am likely to have a strong sense of calm when faced with obstacles. They identified this by testing genes known to influence how brain produces and breaks down the stress hormone, cortisol and also stress-related brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin.
The report would also highlight to you if you have any risks of Alzheimers disease. That way, you can take steps to prevent this.
For intsance, you can
Eat a Mediterranean diet. “This has been shown to help thwart Alzheimer’s or slow its progression. A recent study showed that even partial adherence to such a diet is better than nothing, which is relevant to people who may find it difficult to fully adhere to a new diet,” says Dr. Marshall. The diet includes fresh vegetables and fruits; whole grains; olive oil; nuts; legumes; fish; moderate amounts of poultry, eggs, and dairy; moderate amounts of red wine; and red meat only sparingly.
Get enough sleep. “Growing evidence suggests that improved sleep can help prevent Alzheimer’s and is linked to greater amyloid clearance from the brain,” says Dr. Marshall. Aim for seven to eight hours per night.
4. Your DNA can give you insights into your skin type and common skin problems you may face
One of the nicest things about this report is that it told me my skin age is younger! This means I look younger than my chronological age. This is quite true. Although I am turning 30 next year, I get guys who are like 5-6 years younger thinking I am their age and trying to get to know me.
However, very sadly, I have a high risk of Cellulite Formation. People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, sugar, and salt – and not enough fiber – are likely to have more cellulite. The only thing I can do to control this is to continue to maintain a healthy BMI and reduce the intake of fatty food.
5. Your DNA can tell you about your personality
I found the report somewhat accurate in personality assessment. When I was younger, I used to be super introverted and reserved. When I went for exchange, it really forced me to step out of my comfort zone and socialize more.
How to use?
Taking the test is pretty simple and you can just buy online and follow the instructions below.