DNA and Your Healthy Weight Control in Tempe, AZ
Did you know studies have shown that you can have a genetic likelihood towards obesity? Some healthcare practitioners are turning to science to help their patients combat their genetic makeup.
Perhaps you've seen news stories or read online about genetic testing for diet programs. Your healthcare provider may offer this test, which is painless. You merely swab the inside of your cheek and send your sample in the packaging provided to a testing lab. You can learn facts ranging from your true biological parents to your propensity for certain diseases. Some researchers believe you can also learn your perfect match for food and exercise.
Do DNA-Based Diets Really Work?
In 2010, one genetic testing company did a study where they enrolled women in diets matched to their genetic codes. The researchers presented their findings to the American Heart Association, stating that the control group of women whose diets matched their genetic coding lost two to three times more weight vs. those women whose diets were incompatible with their body's genetic needs. This same company did a study with Stanford University, where they found women lost five times more weight if their eating plans matched their DNA test results.
While these findings are still controversial, some researchers believe diet types are narrowed down to four different genes, indicating if you are sensitive to carbohydrates, sensitive to fat, sensitive to both, or unaffected by either - carbohydrates or fat. Detractors of this methodology will tell you that the genetic markers for obesity are far more numerous and complex than just the four these researchers identified.
What Secrets Your DNA Might Reveal to Your Doctor About Your Diet
What can your DNA reveal? If your healthcare provider is using DNA testing for your weight control, they are seeking to learn the following information:
- Are you sensitive to carbohydrates, saturated fats, celiac/gluten, lactose, or caffeine?
- How is your fat metabolism?
- How is your energy consumption?
- Which foods are your best nutritional match?
- Which vitamins should you increase or add to your regimen?
- Which fitness program is best for you? Power training (weight lifting) or endurance training (cardio training)?
- Which sports activities increase your risk of personal injury?
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