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Frequently Asked Questions

Disclaimer

Our reports are designed for informational purposes only, and not for the treatment or diagnosis of disease. We aim to provide helpful insights and easy to implement lifestyle recommendations to help you achieve your health and wellness goals . You should consult with your doctor before using any recommendations provided in our gene reports, especially if pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have pre-existing medical conditions.

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Due to the nature of the intricate research that goes in to these reports, we will not be able to provide a refund once you have uploaded your genetic information into our site for the purpose of the Gene Reports.

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At SelfDecode, we take your privacy and the security of your genetic data very seriously. To find out more about how we do this, please see our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


How much do DNA Wellness Reports cost? 

SelfDecode members receive the Health Overview DNA Wellness Report and two specialized reports of their choice (like this one!) with a SelfDecode subscription. Members also receive two additional DNA Wellness Reports for free each time they renew their annual subscription, which allows them to easily keep up with the new reports we release! 

Members can also order additional specialized DNA Wellness Reports at any time for just $29 each, or purchase a 3-report bundle pack for $75. 

A full individual membership to SelfDecode is available for $59 per year. We also offer a lifetime access package that includes all current and future reports, as well as exclusive access to our personalized SelfDecode blog. 

Additionally, we offer a SelfDecode Professional Plan to help medical practitioners bring the advantages of genetic analysis into their own practice. This plan grants full access to all of our DNA Wellness Reports, as well as an unlimited number of gene file uploads to help you service all of your patients. 



What happens after I sign up for SelfDecode?

After you sign up for SelfDecode, you will receive an email with a link to a page where you can set your password and upload your genetic data. You’ll then be able to download your report under the “Wellness Reports” tab.



Can I see a sample of what is included in a DNA Wellness Report?

Yes! You can look at a sample report using Joe Cohen’s DNA data here.



Where should I get my genes tested?

If you're getting your genes tested for the first time, we recommend ordering one of our specially-designed SelfDecode testing kits here. We have specially curated the SNPs tested by our chip to ensure that you get the most value out of SelfDecode and our DNA Wellness Reports.

However, you can also use data from other companies! To ensure that everyone can benefit from our DNA Wellness Reports, we always make sure to include plenty of SNPs that are also available on chips from other companies (such as 23andMe, Ancestry.com and FamilyTreeDNA). So if you’ve already gotten your genes sequenced by another service, don’t worry: you will still have enough SNP coverage to get plenty of value out of your DNA Wellness Reports!



What if the most important SNPs are not included in my genetic data set?

We have specifically selected the SNPs and genes featured in our reports to be compatible with all of the most popular genotyping chips.

In addition, our proprietary SelfDecode polygenic risk score algorithm enables us to make the best out of whatever genetic information you have on file -- even if it’s missing some SNPs!

Therefore, no matter where you got your genome sequenced, SelfDecode’s DNA Wellness Reports will be able to help identify your unique genetic strengths and weaknesses, as well as give you personalized recommendations to fix or improve them even further.



How do I know my data is secure?

We take your privacy and data security very seriously. This is why we employ multiple layers of data protection, including: 

  • Secured data encryption 
  • Restricting internal access to any personally-identifying information 
  • Only collecting the minimum information necessary to provide you with the requested services 
  • Payment processing by secure and reputable companies, such as PayPal and Stripe 
  • We also do not (and will never) give away or sell any of your data to third-party companies.

    You can read our full privacy policy
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Discover how your genes influence the way your body processes and uses vitamins.

Learn how to optimize vitamin levels in your body through proper nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle choices without expensive lab tests


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A Simple, Step-by-Step Process to Get You Started:

Step 1: 

After signing up for SelfDecode, you will receive an email to activate your account. Click on the link and you will be prompted to enter your name and upload your SNP file to your SelfDecode dashboard.

Step 2:

Once your SNP file has been uploaded, we generate your report!

Step 3: 

You can download your genetic report to read, learn, and share with your healthcare providers


Understand How Your Vitamin-Related Genes Can Help You Optimize Your Health and Overcome Chronic Health Issues


Example 1: Can you rely on plant-based carotenoids for vitamin A?

The biologically active form of vitamin A, retinoic acid, is responsible for maintaining a healthy immune system, gut, and skin barrier. BCO1 is a crucial gene that helps activate beta-carotene into retinoic acid [1].

Eating more plant-based carotenoids will not do the trick if you carry genetic variants that reduce BCO1 function. Instead, you may need to consume more active vitamin A (retinol) from animal sources.



You don’t need a Ph.D. in genetics to understand your genes. The Vitamins DNA Wellness Report provides:

  • An in-depth analysis of your vitamins genetic profile, presented in an easy-to-understand report that breaks down your results into categories for each vitamin

  • Descriptions of how specific genes and genetic variations might be affecting vitamin levels in your body

  • Personalized recommendations based on your genetics, giving you the tools you need to improve your health and quality of life

  • Accurate information based on the latest scientific studies in the fields of genetics and nutrition, complete with citations to relevant studies

  • Access to variant analyses and interpretation techniques that are not yet widely available in conventional medical practices


Vitamins Included in the Report

 Vitamin A               Vitamin B9               Vitamin B12               Vitamin C  

Vitamin D               Vitamin E               Vitamin K

Example 2: How Well Can Your Gut Absorb Vitamin C?

The SLC23A1 gene enables your small intestine to absorb vitamin C. A specific mutation in this gene can reduce the amount of vitamin C your gut can absorb, potentially leading to vitamin C deficiency [4]. 

Individuals with specific genetic variations may benefit from increased vitamin C intake, through eating more vitamin C-rich foods and/or supplementation. Alcohol and stress also deplete vitamin C levels, so reducing alcohol consumption and managing stress would especially help those with these variants [5].

Example 3: Is Your Gut Hospitable for B12-Producing Bacteria and B12 Absorption?

The FUT2 and FUT6 genes produce components of the mucus in the gut. These components protect against Helicobacter pylori infections. H. pylori can damage the stomach lining and reduce the protein required for vitamin B12 absorption called Intrinsic Factor. In addition, components produced by FUT1 and FUT2 genes also make the gut more hospitable to B12-producing bacteria in the large intestine [6].

Several SNPs in the FUT2 and FUT6 genes are strongly associated with better B12 levels in the body [7, 8].



Example 3: Is Your Gut Hospitable for B12-Producing Bacteria and B12 Absorption?

The FUT2 and FUT6 genes produce components of the mucus in the gut. These components protect against Helicobacter pylori infections. H. pylori can damage the stomach lining and reduce the protein required for vitamin B12 absorption called Intrinsic Factor. In addition, components produced by FUT1 and FUT2 genes also make the gut more hospitable to B12-producing bacteria in the large intestine [6].

Several SNPs in the FUT2 and FUT6 genes are strongly associated with better B12 levels in the body [7, 8].

References
1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3380120/
2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19103647
3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22113863
4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4357493/
5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27122159
6) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17673542
7) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2673801/
8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28334792

References
1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3380120/
2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19103647
3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22113863
4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4357493/
5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27122159
6) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17673542
7) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2673801/
8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28334792

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