Guide to your microbiome test results

Guide to your microbiome test results

Waiting for your test results? Or perhaps you’ve come back to check what new stuff we’ve added like the Probiotics and Beneficial Bacteria Report. Either way, this is the definitive introduction to your account from start to finish:

  • Where to find your microbiome results
  • Navigate the dashboard
  • Understand your ratings
  • What the colour-coding means
  • How to read your disease protection results
  • Get new insights with the health survey
  • Scientific references and research
  • Find stuff quickly using data sources
  • Learn more about everything in the blog

How to access your microbiome results

Go to our main page: https://atlasbiomed.com and click on the circular white icon in the top right hand corner. This will take you to the login page, enter your details and you’ll access the dashboard.

You will recognise it by the outline of a human head and shoulders. If you stay logged in, the icon will be blue. If you upload a profile pic, it will instead appear here instead.

DNA & microbiome user: if you’ve taken both tests, scroll down on the left hand side menu until you see data sources and select the first icon. It will allow you access only your microbiome results.

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The dashboard can help you access every section of your results. They are organised into "reports" that unite all the findings about one subject onto one page.

Report What you'll learn
Disease protection See how well your gut microbes protect you from diabetes type 2, atherosclerosis, obesity, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis
Read more: The gut microbiome protects you from 5 serious diseases
Microbiome diversity This part assesses the diversity of bacteria types living in your gut, a key parameter for human health
Read more: How do gut bacteria protect your health?
Butyrate synthesis potential Discover your bacteria’s butyrate production potential compared to the population average and how it supports your health
Read more: What is butyrate and why you should care
Microbiome enterotype Find out which of 3 main gut microbial ecosystems your bacteria belong to and what it says about your diet
Read more: What are microbiome enterotypes?
Probiotics & beneficial bacteria Discover how you compare to the population, what beneficial bacteria were identified (%) and what it means for your wellbeing
Read more: What are microbiome enterotypes?
Dietary fibre metabolism This part assesses how well your gut microbes break down different dietary fibres found in food
Vitamin synthesis Gut microbes produce 8 different vitamins: see if your production potential is below-average, normal, or above-average for each one
Nutrition traits This report covers health insights and a summary of your gut microbiome's vitamin synthesis report
Microbiome ancestry Find out with which nationality, tribe or ethnic group your microbes have the most in common

Understand your ratings

The dashboard summarises your results. Micobiome diversity and butyrate production potential are rated from 1–10.

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1 is considered very low/weak/below-average. It means that your microbiome does not perform its functions sufficiently for you to receive the health protection your body deserves.

10 is excellent/significantly above-average based on current science: your microbiome performs its functions extremely well and provides you with many potential health-protective benefits.

Understand the colour-coding

Every section of your results is helpfully colour-coded:

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RED Your rating is below-average, follow your recommendations to improve your health outcomes and increase your disease protection.
ORANGE Your rating is average, but it could be better. Follow your recommendations to improve your results and health outcomes.
GREEN Excellent, your rating is above-average. Remember, the microbiome is very responsive to change, so follow your personal recommendations.

Understand the disease protection results

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The Atlas Biomed Microbiome Test assesses the protection level conferred by your gut microbes for five diseases. Each disease has its own report page that contains the following details:

  • summary of the condition and your result
  • microbiome features associated with the disease
  • a chart comparing your microbiome protection level (for repeat testing)

Disease prevalence refers to what percentage of the population is affected currently. We include details about the statistical data like sex. For ulcerative colitis (picture above), the most relevant data available only considers men. Unfortunately there's nothing we can do about gender and/or racial equality in studies conducted by other people.

Genetic impact will be evaluated if you take our DNA test. This page will be updated to include all the relevant data from your genetic test results and your disease profile will include risk status (DNA test & Health Survey) and protection (microbiome test).

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Microbiome protection rating is measured on a scale of 1 to 10. The fewer features shared with your microbiome, the greater your level of protection from this disease.

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You can review the raw data that describes in detail the ratios of bacteria found in your sample and how it affects your protection level. There are threee columns, the first lists the bacteria by name, followed by their presence (%) in the microbiome, and finally their effect on protection.

To better understand how each bacterium influences disease protection, look at whether your data says increase or decrease beside the bacteria type. For example, Lactobacillus increases your protection against obesity, but Enterobacter decreases it.

INCREASE This bacteria strengthens your protection against a disease
DECREASE This bacteria lowers your protection against a disease

If Lactobacillus is written in green, you have good levels that support this protection. If it is written in red, you don't have enough of these bacteria for protection.

RED TEXT Your bacteria levels are not satisfactory
ORANGE TEXT Your bacteria levels confer average protection
GREEN TEXT Your bacteria levels confer above-average protection

New insights with the health questionnaire

So you've bought our test, sent in your sample and read your results. But to get real bang for your buck, you need to spend about 20 minutes answering odd questions about how many tablespoons of vegetables you eat per week and whether you were born by C-section.

We know the questions are weird and you’ve never measured your vegetable intake in spoons but it’s totally worth it, we promise. Mainly because health outcomes are largely influenced by environmental factors like lifestyle, sports and diet, but also family and medical history.

On top of that, we actually update our calculations using the latest science about every six months. So, chances are, there are some new questions to answer, and therefore new health insights and new recommendations!

To find your health questionnaire in a jiffy, just navigate using the third icon below Data sources in the menu on the left.

Ready to refresh your health insights? Good, because it won't take long if you head to your personal account right now.

Scientific references and research

We've included the references for every scientific paper used to generate your report. That's because transparency is paramount in this field: you deserve to know how we came to this conclusion.

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We hope that it will also allow you to explore and self-educate by directing you to the studies used to establish your results.

The Atlas Biomed family includes an active research department who publish regularly in scientific journals. Sometimes we invite users to participate in surveys to further research in this field, so keep an eye on your emails.

This is the fastest way to access a clear and concise list of all your microbiome results. Find the date of your last microbiome test, raw data and plain summary of your results in the menu on the left, at the bottom under data sources and select the first icon.

It’s an artistic interpretation of a Petri dish. And this is kind of funny, because we don’t use Petri dishes. Instead we use advanced 16S rRNA genetic sequencing technology because most gut microbes can’t be grown outside the colon, so we analyse the DNA of the dead bacterial cells instead.

The second icon will bring you to your DNA test results, and the third icon is the very important, and inevitably tedious, health questionnaire. We know it’s not the most fun 20 minutes you’ll spend today, but it helps us generate the most accurate interpretation of your individual health parameters.

Don't forget the blog

In addition to a team of scientists, we also have journalists investigating the microbiome with you in mind. Their job is to summarise the research in ways that you can understand and publish it on the Atlas Biomed Blog.

We don't dilute the science with oversimplifications, rather we try to give you the tools and knowledge to cultivate your understanding of basic concepts about health, the microbiome and DNA.

Two articles are published every week and it's mostly about the science. You can sign up for the weekly email digest if you don't have time to come and visit: it arrives every Tuesday at 10am GMT. We don't spam, that's a guarantee.

☝️TIP☝️ Send your science questions to [email protected] and we might even write about it!

Leigh Stewart
Leigh Stewart Head of Atlas Biomed content, trained chef and avid fermenter of edible bacteria.

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