Your Omnos Test Results
The Omnos platform provides many ways to access your health data, from looking at your raw data to presenting an individual set of test results or as an integrated combination of health data from multiple sources.
Here’s a step by step guide on how to view your individual test results and understand your results displayed from that data.
How to access your test results
First, to see each test you have taken with Omnos, you can either:
- Click on the drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner of the screen and select "Test Results
- In the centre of your dashboard above the Wellness score, you will see "Your tests", where you can click on “OPEN” to see a list of the tests you have taken and select the test you wish to look at.
- If you want to look at or download your raw data sent to us from the labs, you can do this through the settings page which can be accessed through the drop-down menu on the top right-hand corner of the site.
How to understand your test results
Choose between interpreted results or biomarkers You can navigate through your test results by looking at the interpreted results or the individual biomarkers by using the tabs that sit directly below the named test.
Click “RESULTS” for the interpreted results or “BIOMARKERS” for the individual biomarkers. Once a tab has been selected, you will see all the relevant data displayed below it.
1. By individual biomarkers
The different use of colours
When looking at the biomarkers, you will see a number of ranges set that generally move from green into amber into red in a single direction or in both directions. This is what we call a single-tailed or dual-tailed chart. A single-tailed chart can either be high-tailed, meaning high is good (green), and low is bad (red) or low-tailed, meaning the opposite, with the colours also being arranged in an opposite fashion.
The ranges Omnos uses vs labs
To understand these ranges a bit better, it is essential to understand there are many ways of interpreting a set of results and depending on what your question is will depend on where you start to care about any deviations in the data. The standard use for many of these tests is for clinical diagnosis or looking to see if your markers are out of range and need medical intervention.
The lab will set standard ranges (now referred to as normal ranges) to assess the average range of results from everyone the lab has tested. They exclude those with known clinical diagnoses, but this is an average of a large number of people with no information about their current health and is only useful for detecting disease.
So when asking the question, ‘Are you sick?’ the standard ranges and patterns that are generated by assessing the standard ranges are very useful. However, to assess health and ask the question, ‘Are you optimally healthy?’ they often fall short and are not sensitive enough.
To this end, when possible, Omnos pulls from existing scientific research to find optimal ranges related to early signs of an issue arising to give us more sensitive markers of when health starts to fail.
So, back to our charts and traffic light colour coding:
is related to what we see as the optimal range if one exists in the literature (If no optimal range is known, then the standard range will also be green)
is in the standard (normal) range, and red is outside the standard range.
Note: a biomarker in the red does not mean you have a clinical imbalance or condition by itself, it is more helpful to think of it as a warning light. To make any diagnosis, you would need a qualified clinician to assess all of your available health data.
2. By interpreted results from Omnos
When looking at your interpreted results under the “RESULTS” tab, it's important to understand that this is not a diagnosis of disease, and that we are looking at optimal health.
The probability levels
The results are shown as the probability that the stated condition or statement is correct. We take all of your available biomarkers collected along with symptoms experienced and genetic SNPs to create an overall score. When we see biomarkers and symptoms agree, you will see your score accentuated, while when they disagree, you may see your score diluted. Your genetic SNPs will alter the overall sensitivity of a result if it negatively or positively affects the pathways involved.
Access to more information
You have two options when looking via the test view to get more information on each result. Either click on related biomarkers to see a drop-down of all the associated biomarkers from this test or click on the result title to go to the result card, which has a written explanation and all the possible elements affecting it, such as symptoms and biomarkers from other tests.
When a result becomes probable, you will also see recommendations such as "Things to do" (lifestyle, nutritional or physical recommendations), "Things to avoid", "Things to Take" (supplements), and "People to see" (practitioner type recommendations). These will show on the result card when the score rises above 60%. All of your recommendations can be found together and can be reached through the menu in the top right-hand corner, but a further explanation of those will be in a future post.
Finally, some results will be displayed as a more binary function where they are ratios that are either above or below a threshold or in the case of detecting certain pathogenic bacteria, the result is either normal or abnormal, meaning it has not been detected (normal) or it has (abnormal).
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