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LaSondra Gray, CLA, CQA, MBA
DNA Testing For Weight Loss
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DNA Testing For Weight Loss

DNA Testing For Weight Loss

Understanding your DNA can help you live healthier, and it can even help you lose weight. Every person has a specific genetic propensity towards how their bodies handle different ways of eating, eating patterns, varying intensity levels of exercise, health conditions/medications, and more. Evaluating this information with your doctor, and taking action, is vital to long-term weight management.

Until recently the key to unlocking your DNA information was hard to come by, but now simple tests available in your local doctor’s office are available to assist overweight and obese individuals, so they can learn how to make the right choices tailored specifically to their body. These tests look for a variety of genetic markers that have been found to influence weight loss and weight gain – including diet, metabolism, and exercise-related genetic traits, as well as health conditions caused by being overweight or obese.

Every body is different and unique, so this information helps doctors in determining which diet will work best for you – be it the Atkins, Mediterranean, vegan or paleo diet. An overweight person that has been depriving himself or herself of certain foods may come to find out that is just the food they need more of for long-term successful weight management. Or maybe you have been eating too much of a certain type of food and need to cut back – sometimes even the healthiest sounding foods like kale or spinach should be avoided. Whatever it is, DNA testing for weight loss can help your doctor help you. Without it you may never know.

Eating patterns are another factor that DNA testing can help with. The time of day you choose to eat your meals can impact how your body responds to weight loss or weight gain. Intermittent fasting is a popular option for many overweight people right now, but will it work for you, and if it will which schedule should you follow? There are so many different intermittent fasting schedules online it’s hard to keep track. Your doctor can evaluate your DNA testing results with you to help you formulate the best eating pattern for your body.

Likewise, medications can have varying levels of effectiveness depending on one’s individual genetic makeup, as well as different side effects. A DNA test will assist in determining whether or not you are likely to benefit from certain medications.

Being overweight or obese is linked to many health conditions. Obesity has a negative impact on a person’s metabolic system, and can lead to decreased levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and elevated levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, as well as elevated blood sugar and triglycerides.

By gaining genetic insight about how your diet may impact your risk for disease, your doctor will have the ability to personalize your diet and exercise recommendations to help treat you better than ever before.

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