DNA Osteoporosis Test
Are you taking proper care of your bones?
This DNA test can help you understand your genetic risk of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
- Includes genetic variants that affect bone and cartilage health
- Inheriting one or more variants may increase the risk of osteoporosis
- Painless sample collection
- Take the steps necessary to improve your bone health now
Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by weak and brittle bones. People with osteoporosis are highly susceptible to bone fractures, often with minimal trauma. It’s a disease affecting the elderly that becomes more apparent with age. Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease characterized by the breakdown of the protective cartilage within joints and surrounding bone tissue. People with osteoarthritis suffer from joint swelling, pain and reduced joint motion. Commonly affected joints are in the hands, lower back, hips and knees.
Take this test to see whether you have inherited any genetic variants that compromise the health of your bones and joints.
Understanding your genetic predisposition to osteoporosis can help you implement preventive measures early, delaying the onset of bone health issues and reducing the severity of bone loss.
- CYP2R1 – Increases the risk of vitamin D deficiency, leading to reduced calcium absorption, which is vital for healthy bones.
- GC – Increases the risk of vitamin D deficiency and reduced calcium absorption.
- WNT16 – Increases the risk of reduced bone formation.
- GDF5 – Affects the regular regulation of bones, joints, and cartilage’s maintenance, development, and repair.
- COL1A1 – Affects collagen formation, a crucial strength and structural element of bones.
DECREASING BONE MASS WITH AGE
Having strong and healthy bones is crucial as they provide structure, anchor muscles and ligaments, protect internal organs, and store essential minerals.
During our development until around 30 years old, new bone is formed at a faster rate than old bone is broken down, reaching the highest peak bone mass around the age of 30. Although bone remodelling continues during adulthood, bone mass slowly decreases as the breakdown of old bone occurs more quickly than new bone production. Insufficient bone growth in childhood and excessive bone loss in adulthood can both contribute to an elevated risk of osteoporosis.
HOW IT WORKS
Step 1: Order test kit online
Step 2: Collect DNA sample using a painless mouth swab, and mail to the lab in the provided return envelope
Step 3: Receive your results online