AthGene – Can these genes affect fitness, metabolism, and diet?

AthGene Review Summary

AthGene uses DNA data to provide customers with insights into genetic aspects of health and fitness. Learn more in our AthGene review!

Fiyin Ebemidayo, B.S.

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Summary

AthGene analyzes a handful of genes to provide targeted insights into certain nutrition, lifestyle, and fitness traits. Many customers felt that they learned a lot from these tests. However, the price is high considering the amount of information provided and some tests are only available in Denmark.

4.3

7 Facts from our AthGene Review

  1. Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. Products: 4 DNA testing products (Premium, Fitness, Lifestyle, and Nutrition) and more than 30 reports or “insights” that focus on a single trait or condition 
  3. Cost: DNA tests cost $226-$395. Each insight is $10
  4. Reports: A series of reports on different major genetic vulnerabilities related to diets, nutrients and fitness 
  5. How it works: Create an account and register. Choose the test and perform the sample. Send the test back to the lab and receive results within three weeks.
  6. Counseling available: No
  7. Alternative Products: Nebula Genomics offers 30X Whole Genome Sequencing that decodes 100% of your DNA and offers reports on diet and much more!

This review is written with the intent to be as unbiased as possible. However, it represents the opinion of an individual reviewer and is therefore subjective. Furthermore, at Nebula Genomics we seek to educate the public about the benefits of Whole Genome Sequencing. Information about our Whole Genome Sequencing DNA test is therefore incorporated into the review.

June 28, 2022

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • An easy to read way to gain insights into fitness and nutrition
  • The Premium test kit includes nearly all the reports
  • Website page navigation is very easy

Cons

  • It decodes only 30+ genes
  • Cost is high for the amount of reports received
  • Not all options are available outside of Denmark

AthGene Introduction

AthGene genetic testing is a DNA company that gives users personalized insights on fitness, health, and nutrition. It samples your unique genetic information and uses its algorithm to convert it into easy to understand, actionable insights. 

This information could be about how your body reacts to exercise, stimuli, or whether a certain diet works for you. It could also be about the risk of muscle injuries, sleeping patterns, individual sensitivity, diet, and others. The information provided in the reports is designed to help improve people’s lifestyles, help them make good nutritional decisions, and get the best out of their fitness routine.

AthGene homepage
AthGene homepage

Athgene genetic testing was founded in 2015 by Yusafa Sey, Theis Thorn, and Sebastian Tomsen, who have a broad experience and knowledge in technology and science. The company is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In 2017, Nordic Group purchased the company for an undisclosed sum.

Analyzing genes for a handful of traits is just one aspect of what you can learn from your genome. At Nebula Genomics, we offer Whole Genome Sequencing!

This is the most complete DNA test. It decodes 100% of your DNA and will enable you to learn more about your ancestry, wellness, and health than any other DNA test! Click here to learn more!

Review of Taking an AthGene Test

Customers can create an account by visiting the AthGene website and registering. After registration, you will select the product that you want and make an order. After receiving the product, follow the written instructions on how to collect your saliva sample and ship the test back to the labs.

Taking an AthGene DNA test
Taking an AthGene DNA test

The laboratory will analyze your samples and notify you when your results are ready. This usually takes six to eight weeks after the sample arrives at the lab. The results are available online using the company’s online portal.

Review of AthGene Products

There are 4 DNA products available in the Danish market: Premium, Fitness, Lifestyle, and Nutrition. In most other countries, including the United States, customers are limited to the Premium DNA test.

DNA Tests

Taking the test is the same in all cases. The difference is in the amount of reports or “insights” you receive with each test. The Premium is the most comprehensive option as it includes nearly all the reports and is a combination of the other tests.

Athgene DNA collection kit
Athgene DNA collection kit

AthGene Fitness: Everyone is unique, and their body functions differently, and every sport puts your athletic capabilities through a new challenge in a different way. This is why some people get fit faster than others. Some also build their muscles with ease, while others find it difficult. This DNA test helps you become a better athlete by giving you information on your physical capability and the activities where you would perform better.

Athgene Lifestyle: Lifestyle contains several things at the same time. This is how you choose to live your life from day to day. It is what you do, who you are and how you do things. This includes all your daily decisions, whether you choose to eat clean, sip coffee, or live green. It is all part of your lifestyle, and it influences your well-being and health in the short and long term. This DNA test will help check your genes to help you choose ways to live a healthier life.

Athgene Nutrition: Dieting affects everyone differently because we are all unique. Foods that are bad for others can be good for you and vice-versa. This DNA test would teach you about your genes and the diet that best suits you. This will guide your food choice and help you get your body’s nutrients.

Insights

The Single Insights are essentially individual reports on various genetic predispositions related to health and wellness. There are 32 insights available. Only a selection of the insights are available If you purchase the Fitness, Lifestyle, or Nutrition test. Therefore, the menu of available insights is useful for supplementing what you receive in these tests, if interested in a particular aspect. 

The Premium test will include nearly all of the insights. 

Below are some examples. Each insight page includes the confidence level (1-3) which indicates how strong the evidence is that this gene correlates to the trait. It also lists the category the insight falls under (Fitness, Nutrition, or Lifestyle).

Sleep Quality: Are you at risk of having restless legs syndrome or periodic limb movement? Do you know how this can affect your quality of sleep? This insight helps you understand your risk of several leg issues that could affect your sleep quality. It also provides you with a means to manage the problem or solution to the situation, helping you improve sleep quality. Confidence: 2. Lifestyle.

Migraine: Some people do not know why they often experience frequent headaches, which could be genetic. This DNA test would help you understand your body better and your predisposition to headaches or migraines. It also comes with recommendations on managing or avoiding headaches to help you live a better life. Confidence: 3. Lifestyle.

The migraine insight
The migraine insight

Athgene Appetite Insights: This insight gives you knowledge of how your hunger is regulated and your predisposition to having the urge to continue eating even when you are full. It is designed to help you know your appetite better and how to feed it or the food that will be ideal for you. Confidence: 1. Lifestyle. 

Fat: We all react to diets rich in fat differently, and this is why some people get fat quickly from eating fatty foods while others slowly respond to it. This insight is designed to help you determine if your genes affect your ability to gain weight quickly from a diet rich in fat. It also gives you recommendations to help you handle your predisposition and how to add good fats to your diet to enable you to live healthier. Confidence: 3. Nutrition.

The fat insight
The fat insight

Muscle Injury: Do you quickly get muscle injury when you go to the gym, which has become a norm for you? This insight will determine your susceptibility to muscle injury and if you recover faster than the average person from workout muscular stiffness. This is designed to educate you on how to avoid these injuries, exercise, the duration to spend exercising, and the exercise that suits your muscle type better. Confidence: 1. Fitness.

Review of AthGene Cost

AthGene cost is fairly high compared to competitors. Note that the company records its amount in Danish Krones, and as such, the dollar conversion is based on available estimates subjected to changes.

  • AthGene Premium: $395
  • AthGene Nutrition (Denmark only): $280
  • AthGene Fitness (Denmark only): $240
  • AthGene Lifestyle (Denmark only): $226

A single insight purchase will cost around $10.

Review of AthGene Reports

AthGene provides reports on 32 different genetic predispositions:

LifestyleFitnessNutrition
Sweet ToothMuscle InjuryVitamin C
AppetiteMuscle GrowthVitamin A
CaffeineMuscle Fiber CompositionVitamin B9
AlcoholMuscle FatigueVitamin B6
MigraineSweatingVitamin B12
Sleep QualityEndurance vs PowerVitamin D
Bone StrengthVO2 Max PotentialVitamin E
Connective Tissue InjuryBlood Sugar and Carbohydrates
The Sprint GeneFat
PowerGluten Sensitivity
EnduranceLactose Sensitivity
Digestion and IBS
The Fat Gene
Iron

The reports focus on how your genes may influence each of these traits. For example, you may find out that you are at high risk of not taking up enough Vitamin C from food. Thus, you may get actionable insights related to how to best supplement your diet and obtain the optimal daily intake.

AthGene sample insights
AthGene sample insights

A section of the report also includes detailed information on the gene analyzed to provide this result, including the variant name, association, and genotype.

Review of AthGene Privacy

AthGene genetic testing knows how important their client’s privacy is, and this is why they take the initiative in protecting the client’s information. Its terms and conditions state that any personal information entered into the website will only be used to provide the services. 

The company does not sell, rent, share or disclose any customer’s information with a third party who does not have any business in their service. Any third party from AthGene who has access to customers’ information uses it only to provide the necessary service for the customer. Any information collected from other sites linked to the company or affiliates is also protected as they also have a privacy policy.

Other AthGene Reviews

The company has a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating on their Facebook page with 32 reviews. Most people liked how easy the test was and appreciated the recommendations to help them achieve their health goals through fitness and nutrition.

Additionally, the company has a 3.8 out of 5 star rating on Trustpilot with over 20 reviews. Most customers found the test interesting and beneficial to their training plans. They also appreciated the customer service. Others noted that they were expecting more detailed results.

Nebula Genomics

AthGene is a basic way to obtain interesting genetic information regarding various health aspects. It focuses on overall health and ways to meet your diet and fitness goals by providing genetic information on clients’ fitness, metabolism, proneness to physical injury and more. This aims to ensure that people know exactly what may be wrong with them and the cause for certain vulnerabilities that they experience. 

However, a limitation of this focus is that customers will not get the entire picture of their genetic health from this test, which only decodes select variants. For those interested in a comprehensive view, Whole Genome Sequencing will decode 100% of the human genome. It helps customers determine their predisposition to health variables and diseases they may be vulnerable to due to their inherited gene, metabolism, diet, and more. 

Typically, a whole-genome sequencing test covers everything that AthGene tests from a standard level. So users may find more satisfaction with the former.

Nebula Genomics seeks to provide customers with their full genetic code to use however they see fit. This includes total information about their body, ancestry, and health predispositions. To do this, it offers the most complete 30x Whole-Genome Sequencing test at a cost less than specialized companies such as AthGene. 

The test is incredibly accurate and comes with other additions that include ancestry reporting and genome exploration tools. Regularly updated reports ensure that you will not miss the latest genetic research. 

For only $299 or less, customers will get access to their entire genome, allowing them to continue to ask more questions as more research is conducted. Plus, Nebula understands that your data belongs to you. All customers get full control over their entire sequenced DNA and are empowered to continue to ask questions and take your data elsewhere for more insights.

AthGeneNebula Genomics
Testing methodSequences 30 selected genesSequences all 20,000 genes and regulatory regions
ReportsInsights on certain fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle aspectsAn extended genetic report that is updated regularly
Ancestry reportingNoPerforms deep ancestry reporting with the complete Y chromosome and mtDNA sequencing
CounselingNoNo, but data is of the highest quality and can be used by physicians and genetic counselors
Cost$395$0, $99, $299

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