One of the first products of its kind in the world, DNA Diet is designed to assist the healthcare practitioner in the design of a personalised healthy eating plan based on individual genetic differences.
DNA Diet also provides additional insight into how each individual reacts to carbohydrates, saturated fats and intensity of exercise, allowing your dietician to further personalise your eating plan to suit your needs
Let’s look at how your genes can impact your weight. Obesity is a complex disease which results from not only genetic factors but is triggered by your environment. Many individuals may have a genetic predisposition that may lead to obesity. The genes involved here are genes that interact with environmental factors like the type of foods you consume in your diet as well as your activity levels.
For instance: you come from an overweight family. You probably have the genetic potential to put on weight too. You however, exercise frequently, avoid unhealthy foods and use nutritional supplementation to control your appetite. You are the only person in your family that is of a normal weight. Your sister on the other hand was born with a dislike in physical movement, a love for sugar and spice and really struggles to control her dietary intake. She has therefore given up the battle of the bulge as nothing she endeavours seems to last or help control her weight problem.
Sequence variations within a pool of 56 different genes have been reported as being related to obesity. Identification of these genes (DNA DIET TEST) will help clarify the reason that you are struggling with your weight. A few genes to mention that can affect weight loss are:
- Increased appetite (Yes this can be genetic, gene FTO, MC4R, TCF7L2)
- A constant craving for sweet things (Yes this too is genetic TAS1R2)
- Insulin Resistance (ARDB2 Gln27Glu, FABP2)
- Saturated fat sensitivity (FABP2, ARDB2, APOA5)
- Your bodies resistance to weight loss (Gene ARDB3, PLIN)
- Reduced ability to mobilise fat from fat stores (Gene ARDB2 arg16gly)
By having your gene screen done (DNA Diet – we collect the test sample at the Practice or it is sent to you via Courier directly to you home with full instructions), you will have a very clear idea and understanding as to where your focus should be with your weight loss strategy. Whether it is to take something natural for appetite control, or to reduce the saturated fat or carbohydrate intake in your diet, using L-Carnitine based products can assist with the breakdown of fat in your body. And there is plenty more products available to assist.
The tests will also identify patients who are at risk of gaining weight. You might want to consider screening your kids if both parents are overweight, or doing the test if your child struggles with his/her weight. Implementing good lifestyle habits when kids are young is much more successful in managing weight than trying to change habits when you are older.
By customizing lifestyle and dietary choices and, when necessary, employing supplements targeted to offset any specific nutritional shortage based on specific gene variants, the DNA Health test aims to maximize wellbeing and health. The DNA Health test will, in a nutshell, pinpoint parts of your body that may be genetically predisposed to certain symptoms, such as bloating, food intolerances, fatigue, depression, hormonal imbalances, joint and body problems, etc. If a doctor is aware of the cause, these symptoms might be treated quickly. By understanding the areas of concern and making appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, DNA Health enables people to discover the underlying causes of symptoms and prevent lifestyle diseases.
We examine 36 gene variants to look for signs of lifestyle diseases such as those related to: Blood pressure and iron overload disorders; Cholesterol metabolism and risk for heart disease; Bone Health and risk for osteoporosis; Methylation and B Vitamin requirements; Inflammation and oxidative stress; Insulin Sensitivity and risk for diabetes; Food Responsiveness, including lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, caffeine processing, salt sensitivity; and Methylation and B
80% of breast cancer occurs in women with no family history. Oestrogen gene testing may help you lessen your risk of undetected cancers. Research has shown that an increased lifetime exposure to oestrogen is a strong risk factor in the development of breast cancer.
DNA Oestrogen tests for gene variants that have been shown to have an impact on how oestrogen is processed in your body and if the processing of oestrogen and related compounds is efficient. The DNA Estrogen tests will also help to identify if you are at risk of hormone imbalances and could also explain why you may suffer with Polycystic ovaries, infertility, Pre-menstrual stress and many more problems related to hormones.
Not only does DNA Oestrogen benefit men and women who suffer from numerous oestrogen-dominant conditions, but the test is particularly important for woman considering:
- oral contraceptives,
- hormone replacement therapy,
- bio-identical supplementation,
- in-vitro fertilisation, or
- who have been diagnosed with oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.
DNA Oestrogen reports on the following areas:
- Variations in key genes involved in metabolizing oestrogen and related compounds
- Intervention strategies for carriers of high-risk genetic variations
- Personal risk factors associated with HRT, Oral contraceptives, bio-identical supplementation and in vitro fertilization
The DNA Oestrogen test guides the personalisation of diet, hormone and nutritional supplement recommendations to improve oestrogen metabolism.
The biological factors that affect training responsiveness and athletic performance are examined by DNA Sport. They consist of blood flow and respiration, soft tissue remodeling, inflammation, energy production, and fuel metabolism.
Athletic success comes first from customizing a training regimen that maximizes your genetic potential, and then from selecting the ideal lifestyle, diet, and environmental factors to allow your inherited genes to express themselves to their fullest potential.
Key biological factors influence how effectively you train and perform in sports, and with DNA Sport, we can help you personalize a training plan that maximizes your genetic potential as well as pinpoint the ideal lifestyle, dietary habits, and environmental factors that will allow your genes to express themselves to their fullest.
Ultimately, DNA Sport can determine the best way to maximize sporting potential, prevent injury and optimize recovery to reach peak levels of conditioning.
DNA Sport reports on the following areas:
- Structural integrity of soft tissues
- Inflammation & oxidative stress
- Blood flow & respiration
- Energy during exercise
- Fuel during exercise
- Caffeine metabolism
- Muscle and bone composition
- Aerobic capacity
- Power/strength potential
A healthy body in a healthy mind
According to studies, neuropsychiatric illnesses can cause up to 25% of all years of life with a handicap. Although some mental diseases have a high heritability, environmental variables also play a role in their development. Understanding the genetic changes involved in important biological processes that increase the likelihood of developing mental health disorders may help with disease prevention, diagnosis, and therapy.
Healthcare clinical professionals can better establish treatment plans for people with mental health disorders or who are at risk of developing them by understanding each person’s particular genetic profile and predispositions.