DNA Tests for lifestyle Viva Genomics

It is possible to carry out genetic DNA tests in Latvia now that will help you better understand yourself and determine the most suitable lifestyle!

Rediscover yourself - at the gene level - and become the best version of yourself!

iVF Riga Genetic centre lifestyle DNA tests

Each of us has questions, the answers to which we are looking for every day. For some, this is a question of proper nutrition, of vitamins to be used or not; for others - how to fight overweight, how to get more energy and strength to achieve the intended results, and finally, what cosmetics to use to keep your skin healthy and young.
Our DNA tests can help you find answers and improve your quality of life. We can say this because your genes play a very important role in the functioning of the mind and body. Changes in genes in combination with environmental factors can have a large impact on appearance, behaviour and health in general.

The following tests are available:

  • Skin Diagnostic DNA Test 
  • Metabolism DNA Test 
  • Vitamins metabolism DNA Test 
  • Sports achievements DNA test
  • Mental health DNA test

Each test – 130 Eur
Test run time 2 – 4 weeks
You can also get an explanation of the results during the consultation with the doctor.

Even small changes that will be taken into account after receiving the test results will positively affect your quality of life and motivate you to new achievements!

Skin Diagnostic DNA Test

  • which makeup composition is best for you
  • what nutritional supplements are suitable for you;
  • what are the risks of stretch marks and cellulite;
  • what food should you pay attention to;
  • what self-care procedures to choose;
  • regenerative ability of telomeres;
  • oxidative stress level

Collagen is one of the main proteins that makes up the tissues of our body. It is found not only in the skin, but also in bones, muscles, joints, etc. Therefore, it plays a very important role in the health of our skin and in the preservation of our youth. Different genes affect its formation, and we will evaluate the changes in these genes to tell what is recommended exactly for you.

UV protection
UV radiation is the most harmful environmental factor to preserve youthful skin. The body has its own protective mechanism - the formation of melanin. MC1R and ASIP are the most important genes in melanin production, but their function may be incomplete due to frequent genetic variants. Our answer will be about your genetic protection - what is it? Is your body well protected against UV radiation or should you pay special attention to protection?

Oxidative stress
Every second the human body creates "waste" of metabolic reactions called free radicals. These compounds can cause tissue damage in the long term, and therefore the skin aging. When present in large quantities, they cause oxidative stress, which can damage cells. Tested genes encode important free radical converters and may result in oxidative stress. You will find out what your genetic defense against oxidative stress is and also about your Q10 recycling capacity.

Biological age
There are special repeats at the ends of chromosomes called telomeres. Telomeres shorten after each cell division. If they become very short, the cell “falls asleep”, cannot perform its functions, and thus interferes with the surrounding cells. Some genes help us maintain the length of telomeres, but it is also important to see if there are any changes. In this case, recommendations for you will focus on the nutrients needed to restore telomere length, which is very important in preventing aging.

Skin elasticity
Stretch marks are a rupture of the subcutaneous, middle layer of the skin, connective tissues, which occurs when the skin is rapidly stretched. The formation of stretch marks depends on various factors, but the most important is genetics. The skin contains various proteins that provide its elasticity. If any of these proteins are not working properly, there is an increased risk of developing stretch marks.
What will you find out? What exactly your genetic protection is – and we will give you recommendations that are important for you in order to keep your skin elasticity as much as possible according to your level of protection.

Cellulite is abnormally increased adipose tissue cells and subcutaneous fat in different parts of the body. The influence of genetic factors on the development of cellulite has been proven, which may increase the risk. With an early awareness of these risks, timely detection and prevention of cellulite is possible.
You will find out exactly your genetic protection and receive advice on prevention, care preparations, procedures and food supplements.

Metabolism DNA Test

  • do you need to drink caffeine-containing drinks to recharge your energy;
  • why do you want something sweet so much
  • why overweight does not disappear as fast as we would like;
  • what determines the feeling of satiety;
  • what is the risk of fat accumulation;
  • if you need a diet, which one is most suitable.

You will find out your metabolic predisposition, which will help you optimize your eating habits and feel better. You don't always need to make huge changes, but you have to do exactly the way you're better off. 

Find out what your caffeine metabolism is: do you need to reduce your intake of caffeine-containing drinks? Is coffee your energy source or not?

Find out what is your fatty acid metabolism. We will give recommendations on a suitable diet for you: how important it is for you to eat meat, or you should eat more food containing vegetable oil, seafood. What is your sense of satiety and the risk of weight gain? Find out if you have a tendency to eat more, and if you need a diet, which one is better to choose.

You will find out your risk of weight gain and your tendency to accumulate fat reserves. Based on the results, we will provide recommendations for nutrition, physical activities and procedures you need. 
Find out how big sweet tooth you are and whether genes affect it or not. We will advise you if your appetite for sweets is increased due to genetic changes.

You will find out your risk of increased triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are lipid-containing free fatty acids that bind to glycerol and accumulate in fat cells. They are the main fat in the body because the body uses them for energy if carbohydrates are not available. Triglycerides are one of the markers of metabolic syndrome. The main task is to prevent an increase in triglyceride levels – that’s why it is important to know your predisposition. If there is a risk of increase, particular attention should be paid to nutrition and correct food supplements.

Vitamins metabolism DNA Test

  • whether lower levels of vitamins are lifestyle effects or is it determined genetically;
  • how to choose the right food supplements;
  • what to pay attention in the menu.

B6, B12, C, D, E, B1, Folic acid (B9), A, Mg
By testing Vitamin metabolism, you will understand, which vitamins to focus on and which ones should be systematically monitored using tests. Genes determine your initial ability to absorb vitamins and allow them to perform their intended function to make you feel good. Changes in genes may affect the required operating processes, and by performing a test, you will find out which gene changes are not favourable for you. Accordingly, you will know which vitamin deficiencies you need to replenish from food and with the help of food supplements.

We will give you answers, whether the concentration of vitamins is within the normal limit or reduced – slightly or significantly, we will recommend the right diet by types of vitamins, as well as the required daily dose of vitamins.

Vitamin B6. Changes in the gene may result in too rapid removal of vitamin B6 from the body. Vitamin B6 is required for the normal functioning of the nervous system, red blood cells (erythrocytes), sugar metabolism; however, vitamin deficiency can cause anaemia.

Vitamin B12 is important in the formation of the myelin sheath around nerve fibres. The thicker this sheath, the faster the nerve impulses reach the end point in the spinal cord or brain. The gene is responsible for the formation of blood group antigens on the surface of cells, and also regulates the level of vitamin B12.

Vitamin C helps protect against diseases (including cancer) and plays a role in many biochemical reactions, such as production of collagen, carnitine or neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin). Changes in the gene reduce vitamin C absorption, and vitamin C deficiency may occur.

Vitamin D - the gene encodes a protein that helps to attract vitamin D, thus affecting the level of the vitamin in the blood.

Vitamin E helps to get rid of free radicals, protecting cells from oxidative stress. Vitamin E accumulates mainly in adipose tissue (about 90%), and its deficiency may not immediately manifest physically.

Vitamin B1 or thiamine. Severe vitamin deficiency leads to Beriberi disease, and a mild deficiency can cause symptoms such as weakness, bowel problems, and nervousness. The gene produces a protein that serves as thiamine carrier.

Vitamin B9, B12 – the gene is involved in the conversion of vitamin B9 (folic acid) to methyl folate. Gene changes are linked to increased levels of homocysteine in the blood and health problems such as mood disorders, high blood pressure, and the risk of thrombophilia. If it is not prevented in time, the walls of blood vessels and other tissue cells will be damaged.

Vitamin A - the gene converts beta-carotene into retinol, which is then used in the metabolic process. Vitamin deficiency can cause blurred vision in the dark and is associated with various skin problems - acne, hyperkeratosis.

Magnesium - changes in a gene lead to reduced magnesium levels, which can be corrected with right food supplements.

Sports achievements DNA test

  • which kind of sport suits you best;
  • what nutrient groups to pay attention to;
  • what is the estimated rest time between trainings;
  • risk of injury;
  • speed development in competitions;
  • muscle mass increase level.

Muscle recovery
Genes affect muscle recovery ability - how long you need to rest between trainings to effectively regenerate muscle fibres. We will recommend you appropriate diet, food supplements and procedures to improve the effectiveness of training.

Muscle strength
Grip strength is largely a genetically inherited feature of muscle strength. Find out what your grip strength is - and based on the results, you will receive recommendations for the right diet and exercises.

Find out what your endurance is. Research shows that changes in the tested gene are found in top athletes, indicating greater endurance and therefore superior performance over others. Get tips on nutrition, food supplements, and recommended trainings to improve your achievements.

Muscle power
Muscle power is the ability to apply maximum force in the shortest possible time. Find out your genetic muscle power – and get tips on diet and recommended training types to improve your performance.

Strength gain
Gene changes can cause muscle weakness or, conversely, accelerate strength gain. Find out your ability to develop speed. Is your strong side sprint or endurance?
Find out if you have a genetically increased risk of injury, as well as your ability to develop speed, which is very important for running.
So is your strong side sprint or endurance?

Mental health DNA test

  • you will better understand your behaviour in different situations - why I act this way and not otherwise. It is easier to control your emotions knowing the reason for their manifestation;
  • you will find out your daily rhythm and the risks to your emotional health.

By performing DNA test, you will find out how your empathy manifests itself; what is the genetically determined feeling of happiness; are you a morning or evening person; do you have genetically determined anxiety feeling caused by caffeine; what is the risk of addictions and what exactly your pain threshold is; are you a fighter or a neurotic.

Knowing your predispositions, you can solve many things more effectively. We will give you recommendations and advices, because even small changes that are taken into account after receiving the test results will positively affect your quality of life.

How is testing performed?

  • Sign up for a blood collection by calling + 371 67 111 117 or request a saliva collection kit by email
  • The sample collection kit will be sent to the specified Omniva parcel machine. Then you will send the sample back to us (with our postage paid) and we will perform the test
  • The test will be completed within 2-4 weeks
  • The results will be sent to you by email encoded
  • When the results are ready, we will contact you and agree on a consultation date. During the consultation, we will explain all the information and give recommendations.

As part of a genetic test, individual changes in genes are analysed, no changes to the entire gene are detected. It is impossible to exclude other genetic changes. It is recommended to consult with your doctor or dietitian on the results of genetic tests in order to make a suitable diet and activity plan especially for you if necessary.