Genomind has made available “Mindful DNA” testing to healthcare providers looking for genetic guidance on patients’ sleep, lifestyle, diet, and/or nutritional supplement decisions.
Genomind, which has conducted over 137,000 genetic tests for patients around the world, developed Mindful DNA based on its knowledge in brain health and belief in the importance of the mind-body connection, according to the company.
“Mindful DNA makes connections so everyone can better understand their personalized biology and what they can do to help achieve a better state of mind,” says neurologist Jay Lombard, MD, co-founder, chief scientific officer, and medical director of Genomind, in a release. “This is important information for people who are motivated to care for themselves proactively and are looking for healthy, nonpharmacological alternatives that they can trust. The recommendations provided by Mindful DNA are based upon strong, published scientific data showing that they may positively affect key biological pathways and improve overall health.”
The test analyzes variations in 32 key genes in 6 domains of health: sleep; stress & emotional wellbeing; cognition & mental acuity; cardiometabolic; gastrointestinal (GI) & immune; and inflammation.
Nearly every gene plays a role across multiple domains, according to Genomind, but a few of the genes that it tests for that Genomind specifically says can influence the sleep domain are:
According to Genomind, Mindful DNA’s test report specifies holistic steps a patient can take in collaboration with a healthcare provider to achieve better health if they possess genetic variants that may interfere with their ability to maintain a regular cycle of activity and rest. For example, based on recommendations provided by Mindful DNA, a clinician may suggest therapies to improve nerve signaling or circadian rhythm that may result in improved sleep quality.
Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, vice-chair of neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Genomind’s scientific advisory board, says, “Just living longer is no longer the only measure of health—people want to age and still enjoy the full spectrum of everything that life offers. This requires proactive thinking and behaviors that will allow for such enjoyment. I believe Mindful DNA can be an integral part of efforts to improve health and wellness.”
Sample collection is done by cheek swab, and results are returned to the ordering clinician in 10 days or less.