Frequently Asked Questions
What is being measured with the Prosper test?
Your DNA is modified to tell your cells to either “coil up” or “uncoil” the DNA strand. A small chemical modification, called methylation, is made to the DNA to make it easier to “coil up”. Prosper measures this modification across over 10,000 specific sites in your DNA.
How do I use the DNA kit collection device?
1. Open package and remove collector without touching sponge tip. Place sponge as far back in the mouth as comfortable and rub along the lower gums (see close up image) in a back and forth motion. Gently rub the gums 10 times. If possible, avoid rubbing the teeth.
2. Gently repeat rubbing motion on the opposite side of the mouth along the lower gums for an additional 10 times.
3. Hold the tube upright to prevent the liquid inside the tube from spilling. Unscrew the blue cap from the collection tube without touching the sponge.
4. Turn the cap upside down, insert the sponge into the tube and close cap tightly.
5. Invert the capped tube and shake vigorously 10 times.
For more details please watch the following video segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMdDeusQ_lY
How rapidly will epigenetics change?
The epigenetic changes we measure typically take at least one month to change. Some markers, like the aging clock will change much more slowly.
How often should I test?
We recommend quarterly testing for anyone looking to make a positive change in their lives. For individuals who are already living an optimized lifestyle, annual testing makes more sense.
How are my scores calculated?
We use a proprietary algorithm that takes into account several “sub scores” in nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, environmental exposures and aging. Your scores are normalized for age and gender.
Does a lower score mean that I am sick?
No. The Prosper product is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease. A lower score simply means you have some room for wellness improvement.
How accurate is the epigenetic clock?
Epigenetic clocks have been demonstrated to have a 95% accuracy relative to chronological age.
How are my personal recommendations developed?
Our recommendations are not “one size fits all”, but rather personalized to you based on your age, gender, goals, biological profile, and specific epigenetic patterns or sub-scores.