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Mar 05, 2019 15:57:50

The results of the Viome experiment

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In a previous post I wrote about how to determine the diet that works best for you. One of the tools I am using is from a company called Viome. I submitted a stool sample, which the company uses to perform an analysis of the microbiome. 

There are three categories that are assessed for microbiome health:

1. Metabolic fitness - Microbiome linked to glucose and weight control

2. Inflammatory activity - Microbial activities linked to inflammation

3. Microbial richness - The total number of active species in the gut

I ranked average for all three categories. I am dubious of the metabolic fitness assessment because I am a type 2 diabetic and would have expected a different result. 

I also received a list of all the microbes that were identified. I am not sure what I can do with this list but at least I have it.

The most actionable information is the list of foods. There is a list of foods to avoid, foods to minimize, and superfoods to emphasize in the diet. I was not shocked by any of the items in any category. Perhaps because I have been monitoring what I eat and how food affects me, maybe I am more informed than the average person.

It is hard for me to give a recommendation for this product based on my results. Perhaps the results would be more helpful for people who are less informed about their bodies or have major gut health issues.  

I have more experimentation with diet coming up soon and will share my experience.

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    @brandonwilson Great to hear about this experiment. Is Viome similar to https://ubiome.com or something different? Also, have you done anything using 23andme. I have been contemplating to get the 23andMe basic tests done. Not sure if it is worth the hype.

    Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | Mar 06, 2019 10:34:10
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      @santhoshguru It looks like Ubiome is similar to Viome with some additional testing specimens. I have not done 23andme because I don't have a pressing inclination that I have any genetic anomalies and I don't trust how the companies manage and share data, which may be used for nefarious purposes. It's one thing to have your microbiome analyzed but another when it's your full DNA analysis.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 06, 2019 10:44:42
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