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THREE REASONS THAT EXPLAIN WHY THIS DNA TESTING IS WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR:
After comparing several tests available on Amazon, I opted for this because of the large number of diseases it shows. I find much more useful information than knowing my ancestors (this kit does not offer such service, a pity), but in that aspect tellmegen has no rival .. It has helped me a lot to understand how I am and what body type I have, what things I tolerate better and which ones should take more care, which is always an advantage.
In my opinion, the best thing is that the information is updated for free as new advances in medicine are emerging and that is only offered by this company.
The kit arrived in perfect conditions as can be seen in the photos.
To put a negative note, the process of sending the sample may be a bit slow, but from what I have seen, they follow the same mechanism as the other companies in the sector.
After carefully researching several DNA genetic testing kits options, I chose Tellmegen for the extensive testing they provide. The cost is reasonable for this extensive testing, and the fact they update automatically at no additional cost when new advances and discoveries are made is a huge plus, and well worth the initial cost.
Registering online and providing my sample was easy, and no cost to me to ship to the company in Spain. It took exactly 6 weeks from the date Tellmegen received my sample, to the date I received my results.
I was most interested in my “complex diseases” results and predisposition to certain illnesses. They provide in-depth information for each high-risk disease including “prevention,” “genetic role” and a “technical report.” Although there is no ancestry testing at this time, they expect to offer it in the near future and my previously submitted DNA sample will be tested at no additional cost to me. I also like the fact that Tellmegen has extensive online professional support. I highly recommend Tellmegen!
I can't comment on the actual test results because I didn't get that far. I ordered this for my son, to compare to my results from 23andme and my parents' results from Ancestry, but I ended up returning the kit because of the account set up requirements. TellmeGen is based in Spain and requires a drivers license or passport number for adults; to set up an account for a minor, it requires an upload of a "child ID card to verify paternity" and a "parent ID card to verify paternity." I'm not entirely sure what those are and my emails to the company to inquire didn't actually answer that question (birth certificate for the child? Drivers license for the parent? Passport?). I've had my identity stolen, so I inquired about security and the potential for identity theft as well, and the company did respond to that. Here is their reply:
DETAILED ANCESTRY RESULTS NOW, YAY!!! FORGET ABOUT 23& ME TEST! This test has everything & MORE!!!
So I have done both tests...this one & 23&me. This test is BY FAR more detailed & contains WAY MORE INFORMATION!!! The ancestry information for instance...this test has 3 diff Russian groups, 6 diff Pakistan, 5 diff Chinese...and that's just what I noticed at a glance!
My 23&me test results were interesting, I did that test first, I had NO clue as to what 'mix' I am. But the results were really very generalized. This test was just amazing! VERY detailed & gives you information about the group of people found in your ancestry.
The results were similar to 23&me, but I found that 23&me had a lot of %'s noted in vast areas & then they would say 'DNA found, but not able to determine exactly which ethnic group'. That didn't happen with Tell me Gen! They tell you where your DNA comes from, LOVE IT!!! THANK YOU!!! 23&me does hook you up with relatives & Tell me Gen does not, but IT’S IN THE WORKS, YEAH!!!
I want to touch on the safety & security...TellmeGen is a testing company that is controlled by surgeons & other doctors. You tick on one box stating if you want your DNA to go on for scientific purposes, NO FINE PRINT, UNLIKE 23&ME! PLEASE GOOGLE THIS, it’s a serious consequence, especially if you ever plan on applying for life insurance, currently have life insurance or could effect health insurance! I would post links about recent sales 23&Me have done, but the main focus of this review is how beneficial TellmeGen is, bottom line, they are interested in the health of people & helping. I have personally spoken with the CEO of TellmeGen several times, he’s always been quick to answer my questions.
On to the drug results (6 pages)...this test will tell you how so many different drugs metabolize in your body! You can take this test with you to the dr & actually use it for future use, or look at what drugs you are on now & see if there is a better drug you could be on! That's actually pretty awesome! If you have cancer...there are a TON of cancer drugs listed, which I found to be really interesting & thought could actually be a life saver!
There was 3 pages of TRAITS!!! And they weren't just stupid nonsense traits either...Alcohol addiction, Caffeine & Anxiety, Drug Abuse, Memory, Gambling Behavior, Sex hormone regulation, Pain sensitivity, Stature...the list goes on & on!!! LOVED IT!!!
Inherited Conditions- 4 pages- These are diseases & such you could have inherited....Breast & Ovarian Cancers, Cystic Fibrosis, Gaucher disease, so many things I've never heard of, nor can pronounce, extremely detailed!
Complex Diseases- 7 PAGES!!!
It lists these in categories in which you are at high risk, low risk & typical risk.
There are SO MANY interesting & important diseases listed!!!
Heart Attack, Diabetes, Crohn's, Gout, Thyroid Cancer, Alcohol w/d Seizures, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Periodontitis, Allergic Asthma, Psoriasis, Autism, Narcolepsy, NUMEROUS types of Breast Cancers, Parkinson's, Depression, Cataracts, Pancreatic Cancer...THERE'S SO MANY, I WISH I COULD LIST THEM ALL!!!
We have tested several family members b/c of serious illnesses, & b/c the medication information has proven to be so very important already!! We even tested my 1 y/o grandson. YES, the baby to see what it shows & also see what vaccinations he could have reactions to....or could possibly react to when given at the same time. I have found this test to be PRICELESS!!!
Do you have something going on that you or your Dr can’t figure out? Do you have cancer & you’re not responding well to the medication? Do you have cancer in your family? TAKE THIS TEST!!!
My husband was born with a congenital heart defect, NO SYMPTOMS! His brother got sick & they accidentally found the defective aortic valve in his heart. My husband was tested & he had it as well, THIS TEST SHOWED THAT HE WAS LIKELY BORN WITH IT!!! Simply amazing! Another example, my husband has these spots on his face & ear that hurt & won’t heal...the test showed pics & described the spots to a tee...skin cancer!
I could keep going about things we’ve discovered on all of us between physical problems to medication problems, honestly, you won’t truly believe it until you test yourself! We, luckily, found this test in time to get the skin cancer taken care of before it causes problems & can monitor other issues....I hope others can do the same...SECURELY!!!