The world is full of different diet plans, and one thing we can learn from all this: no two people are the same.
Fortunately, we live in an age where we can easily obtain DNA testing which can provide us with insights on our unique bodies.
Here are a few ways you can use the information from genetic testing to your benefit.
You may have altered hunger hormones
The hormones ghrelin and leptin play an important role in keeping your body in balance with respect to hunger and fullness. You could have a genetic tendency to not produce or respond to these hormones as effectively as others. Knowing this can help you to validate your past experiences with dieting and help you create a more effective plan moving forward.
You may benefit from having less saturated fat in your diet
There are a few genes that appear to have a correlation with saturated fat consumption and negative health outcomes. With the ongoing debate regarding saturated fat and overall health, this information can be useful in helping you identify even more personalized recommendations.
You may have a predisposition for high cholesterol or blood lipids
Have you tried to adjust your diet to lower your cholesterol and found it particularly difficult? This information could be part of the reason why – and can provide insight into how to more effectively tailor your food plan for optimal health moving forward.
A high-fat diet such as Keto may not be for you
Interested in following a high-fat diet but not sure if it’s right for you? Knowing if your genes may impact how your body processes fat can give you direction on whether or not this diet is truly a good lifestyle choice for you.
Certain foods may taste different (and worse) to you
We all know which foods are healthy, yet not all of us can tolerate the taste of these foods. Knowing that you have a gene that may influence your food preferences can be helpful when coming up with a balanced meal plan that includes both variety and flavor.
So how does it work? All it takes is a simple cheek swab which is sent to a lab. A few weeks later, you’ll meet with a PRO Registered Dietitian who can help you decode your genetic profile and use this information, along with your health history and dietary preferences, to create a more personalized nutrition plan. Packages are available, and your health benefits may apply.
Written by PRO Medical