How does Genetic DNA testing work?

They use a noninvasive swab to collect cells from the mouth. The swab is easy to use and only takes about a minute to collect enough DNA for analysis. Once collected, the swab is mailed directly to our lab for analysis.

What genes are analyzed with genetic testing?

The lab analyzes approximately 300 unique genetic markers that have been shown through external research to be related to various ways the human body processes food, nutrients and physical exercise, as well as how the body responds to the aging process.

When will I get my results?

Typical turnaround time for the entire process (swab kit shipping, DNA extraction and analysis, quality inspection, report generation) is approximately 10-20 business days. You will be notified as soon as your report is ready.

Will you test for any serious inherited diseases?

No. Genetic Direction focuses solely on those genes that are related to the body’s ability to process food, nutrients and physical exercise. Any DNA test performed to detect predictors for disease should be interpreted by a physician or a certified genetic counselor.

What will happen to my sample after it has been analyzed?

Your DNA sample will be destroyed by the lab within 45 days of analyzing the DNA.

How is my personal information protected?

To prevent unauthorized access to your information, our systems are run on HIPAA-compliant architecture, employing secure servers, firewalls and encrypted back-ups.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a genetic test?

Probably not. Most insurance companies do not yet pay for genetic tests related to health management programs like our programs. If your physician recommends you utilize a weight management program, you can use your HSA or FSA funds to pay for the Full Report or  GxSlim.

Can my insurance company or employer request or independently obtain a copy of my results?

No. Your privacy is protected by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which was instituted in the United States in May 2008. As a result, you are also not required to disclose genetic information to an employer or insurer. In addition, Genetic Direction will not respond to any request for test results from an insurer, employer or any other entity.