Genetic Testing

Why does Newtopia offer genetic testing?
Newtopia Genetics analyzes 4 genes specifically related to weight loss, stress, and lifestyle. Knowing how these 4 genes affect you allows us to personalize your program to make meeting your health and well-being goals as attainable as possible!

How do I get the genetic test?
If you indicated that you would like to receive a genetic test during your registration process, we will send you a genetic test kit as part of your Newtopia Welcome Kit.

Can I do the test myself?
The test is saliva-based, so you can easily collect samples at home by yourself. You’ll just need to swab the inside of your cheeks. Once you’ve completed it, simply place the swabs in the pre-paid envelope included in your test package and drop it off at your nearest UPS drop box or store. That’s it! It’s that easy.

How do I complete the genetic test?
In order to get the most accurate results, you should not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes prior to administering the test.  We suggest that you collect your test samples first thing in the morning before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.

You’ll be collecting 2 samples in total, using 1 swab for each cheek.

1. With clean hands, open the wrapper of one of the cheek swab packs that contains 2 swabs. Hold the swabs by the plastic rod end. DO NOT TOUCH THE COTTON TIP END.
2. Hold one swab in one hand and rub the cotton tip vigorously against the inside of one of your cheeks for 20 seconds. Make sure the swab is touching your cheek.
3. Insert the swab into the enclosed clear envelope with a barcode on it.
4. Repeat the steps above with the remaining swab on your other cheek.
5. Seal both swabs into the clear envelope with the barcode.
6. Place the sample into the prepaid mailing envelope and send it to the lab.

How long does it take for my genetic results to come in?
The lab can take 6-8 weeks to process your results and send them to Newtopia, so try to complete your test as soon as possible. Once your Inspirator receives your results, they will set up a “genetic reveal” coaching call to go over the results, as well as how to further personalize your program.

Who sees the results of my genetic test?
Only your Inspirator receives your results to review and prepare a genetic reveal for you. Once the two of you have gone over your results, you’ll also be able to access your genetic profile in your Newtopia app, under the “Profile” section. We never share these results with your employer or your insurance provider.

What are the genes that Newtopia analyzes?
There are four genes related to weight loss, stress, and lifestyle that Newtopia focuses on:

1. FTO (aka “The Body Fat Gene”)
A variation in this gene means that your body has a harder time breaking down and using carbs. If you have this variation, your goals from your Inspirator could include eating less carbs, and/or exercising at a higher intensity.

2. DRD2 (aka “The Cravings Gene”)
If you have a variation in this gene, you could be susceptible to eating food to stimulate the pleasure centers of your brain (e.g. when you’re stressed!), instead of only eating when you’re hungry. This is because your brain may not be receiving enough dopamine, the pleasure hormone. Your Inspirator would work with you to find other ways to cope with stress, such as meditating or going for a walk, instead of reaching for a snack.

3. MC4R (aka “The Appetite Gene”)
A variation in this gene could mean that your brain is a bit slower than your stomach in understanding when it’s full, meaning you could be susceptible to overeating. Your Inspirator would work with you to come up with ways to eat more slowly and mindfully as part of your Newtopia program.

4. BDNF (aka “The Resilience to Stress Gene”)
Given that BDNF impacts your ability to manage stress, a variation in this gene may increase your likelihood to experience low mood related to challenging life events. Low levels of BDNF in the brain have also been shown to increase appetite and decrease energy expenditure which can lead to overeating and weight gain. Your Inspirator may recommend aerobic exercises like running and biking to boost endorphins (feel-good hormones) combined with dietary modifications to lower your stress levels and manage your weight.

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