Target & Goal
Our genes are responsible for bone density, which is an important indicator for bone strength. Bone density tests are also called bone mineral density tests or bone scans that evaluates the strength of your bones by measuring a small part of one or a few bones. Knowing the strength of your bones can help your doctor recommend steps to strengthen them.
The bone density test analyzes how much calcium and other minerals exist in an area of your bone. Calcium deficiency and low bone density are the leading factors for severe injuries faced by men and women. Based on research, women after menopause and men in similar ages have been diagnosed to have low bone density. However, this test is suitable for all ages.
Take a quick check if you or your family member(s) fall under the below category.
- You are a woman, age 65 or older.
- You’ve attained menopause between 50 – 55 years of age or had an early menopause.
- You’re less than 65 years old but have a medical condition associated with osteoporosis.
- You’re a man, aged 50-70 years, with risk factors for osteoporosis or related medical conditions.
- You’re aged 70 or older and have broken bones caused by normal day-to-day activities.
- You have (or had) chronic rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, or eating disorders.
- You’ve had a significant loss of height due to compression fractures of the back.
- You smoke.
- You have a strong family history of osteoporosis.
- You are taking a thyroid hormone replacement.
- You have three or more drinks of alcohol a day on most days.
If the answer to most of the above questions is “YES,” you must get a bone density test done immediately.
This will help you to identify the bone density related problems you have or may have in the near future and will help your doctor to plan and advise you on the preventive measures to avoid further damage.
The Genetic Test results will reveal:
Gene Predicts Bone Density, Those at Risk for Osteoporosis
Researchers have found a gene that may help to identify, early in life, individuals at high risk for osteoporosis. This gene strongly influences bone density, an important determinant of the risk of osteoporosis (porous, weak bones).
Although, heredity has long been suspected of playing a role in bone density, until now genes responsible for this trait have not been identified.
Genetic test results
The test results will contain the observed, active genes in the test. The test report will be formatted and will be mailed electronically to the subject as an attached file. Please note, this test does not diagnose any sickness, but indicates the connections between the subject and his or her population group based on the tested gene.
How the test is performed
The test is performed using a sampling toolkit of saliva or mucosa. The test is simple, painless, and subject-friendly; suitable for any age. Children under the age of 18 will need a parent’s signature in a parental agreement form.
5 Easy Steps Of Sample Collection
- Large amount of saliva or mucosa needs to be sampled in order to perform the test.
- Spitting in the toolkit is not permitted.
- After opening the test stick, it should not be put on any surface other than the mouth to avoid contamination.
- After the sample collection, it should be returned to the toolkit immediately and the toolkit needs to be closed.
- The toolkit includes an agreement form that needs to be completed, signed and attached to the test delivery package.
Easy delivery and schedule
On receiving the test order confirmation, the toolkit will be sent to the specified address of the subject. The toolkit includes a prepaid return delivery package. The only thing required from the subject is to provide the sample in the test toolkit and to complete and sign the agreement form in the package and mail it back. Delivery services will be provided with additional fees. The test results will be mailed electronically to the subject after 2-3 weeks, thus promising complete privacy and confidentiality.