‘Personalised medicine is an emerging practice that uses an individual’s genetics to guide the prevention of disease and injury, and personalise nutrition and training strategies ‘.
As a dietician, my job is to help clients achieve their health-related goals. Through training and experience, we can advise people on how to adjust their dietary and lifestyle habits in a way that is suitable to their specific needs.
We know that everyone is different, and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. Have you ever wondered why on the same diet your friend lost more weight then you did?
What makes us all so different?
The answer to that question is genetics. Genes are segments of DNA making up a genetic code. The code contains instructions for the body to make proteins required for proper development and function.
All people have small differences (variations) in their genetic code, as inherited from our parents. These differences (genetic variations) make us unique.
Knowing which genetic variation you carry can help you make appropriate lifestyle choices.
Having recently done a course through DNALYSIS, I am now able to test and interpret DNA to help tailor my approach to each client even more carefully.
DNA Tests Available:
Weight related genetic testing that assists in personalising a healthy eating plan based on individual genetic differences. DNA Diet provides insight into how each individual reacts to carbohydrates, saturated fats and intensity of exercise. This helps personalise your eating plan to suit your needs.
The DNA Health test is designed to optimise wellbeing and health by personalising lifestyle and diet choices. The DNA Health approach assists in establishing the optimal nutrition necessary for good health, longevity and disease risk mitigation.
80% of breast cancer occurs in women with no family history. 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. This may help you lessen your risk for developing breast cancer.
DNA Sport examines various areas that impact training responsiveness and sporting performance. These include soft tissue remodelling inflammation, blood flow and respiration, energy production and fuel metabolism.
Athletic success comes from two things. Firstly, personalising a training strategy that optimises your genetic potential. Secondly, choosing the right lifestyle, nutrition and environmental interactions to compliment your inherited genes.
I found the course fascinating, and immediately decided to do all the tests myself. From day one of knowing my DNA results, I was able to tweak my diet and lifestyle choices in a beneficial way.
In my next blog post, I’ll reveal my own results and how these have enabled me to make positive changes in my own life.