America has a problem. According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 35% (78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Being overweight creates a myriad of health problems that are preventable, and often treatable, by following a healthy diet and exercising. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer are linked to obesity. In addition, approximately 17% (12.7 million) of American children between the ages of 2-19 are obese. Compared to the rest of the world, the U.S. obesity rate is ranked among the highest.
So what do we do? The answer: Personalized medicine–health care treatment that is tailored to your genes, with a move away from “one size fits all,” weight management. This is because each person responds differently to treatment plans, the environment, and diet and exercise. Once your DNA is evaluated, usually through a saliva or blood test, information about the way your body functions and how it reacts best to diet, exercise, even medications, will help your healthcare provider create the best weight management plan for you.
Nutrigenomics is the study of how foods affect our genes and how individual genetic differences can affect the way we respond to nutrients in our food. There’s great potential in preventing or treating diseases with the best diet (and exercise) for your unique genetic makeup. The analysis of specific genes known to impact metabolism, exercise, and energy use reveals how you process sugars, fats, nutrients and vitamins. Once you have your personalized genetic profile and make a few changes, you can start optimizing your health.
One of the most comprehensive genetic tests for overall health and well-being is PathwayFit®. It’s a genetic test that is interpreted in a user-friendly report containing personalized responses to the foods you eat, eating behaviors, nutrients, exercise and metabolism. Your physician can help you to interpret your findings and get you on the road to your optimal self.
Genetic testing helps you to discover your response to:
Your Matching Diet—71 genetic markers tested including: ADIPOQ, FTO and LIPC
Exercise—12 genetic markers tested including PPARD, ACTN3 and EDN1
Weight loss response
Cholesterol and insulin sensitivities
Nutritional needs—Nine genetic markers tested including: GC, FUT2 and MTHFR
Bitter or sweet tastes
Many vitamins like A, B, C, D and E
Metabolic Health—53 genetic markers tested including APOB, MAFB, FADS1 and LPL
The solution to America’s national obesity crisis is personalized, precision diet and exercise planning, beginning with your genetic blueprint. Once you know your personal response to diet and exercise, the benefits of a healthier you could be just around the corner. For more information, check out PathwayFIT®