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.