PERSONALIZATION #8: NUTRIGENETICS AND NUTRIGENOMICS- We have seen in the last few posts that people are different in how their blood sugar responds to different foods and diets.

PERSONALIZATION #8: NUTRIGENETICS AND NUTRIGENOMICS- We have seen in the last few posts that people are different in how their blood sugar responds to different foods and diets. Over the last 10 years, laboratories have developed methods to decode the entire human genome and define areas called SNP’s (single nucleotide polymorphisms) which differ among different individuals and make up about 0.1% of our DNA. Determining associations between these differences and how individuals handle nutrients, deposit body fat, or break down caffeine is called Nutrigenetics using statistics called Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS). While this is now easy to do, it only shows a relationship but does not indicate how the gene affects our handling of nutrients. Those experiments usually carried out in cells and animals fall under the heading of Nutrigenomics. In these studies the protein coded for by the gene affected by the SNP is identified and its function studied. The hope in these studies is to define a target for a nutrient to promote normal metabolism and reduce the risk of age-related problems like diabetes and heart disease. In almost every case, the effects of these genes are modified by diet and lifestyle. So the good news is that while this information can help us understand the fine tuning – Balanced Nutrition and a Healthy Active Lifestyle can still work to help you achieve your personal best shape!! #drdavidheber #genetics #bodyfat #nutrients #nutrigenomics to learn more read “Personalized Nutrition and Transformation” by Heber and Bowerman available on Amazon.com for $5.49 and go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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