Are you suffering from hypothyroidism or other conditions like liver disorders, high LDL cholesterol, loss of pancreatic β-cell mass, vision problems, low resistance to infections, weight gain, skin problems, brittle teeth and inflammation? Did you know that these symptoms among others can be caused by Vitamin A deficiency? Hence find out your lifetime risk based on your genetics. Pay attention particularly if you are a vegetarian since vegetarians carry a greater risk. Also find out targeted solutions if you carry the unfavorable genetic variant.
Do you have skin rashes, cracked or sore lips, weakened immunity, low energy? What if you could potentially identify the root cause of these conditions? Your DNA can indicate whether you are likely to be genetically predisposed to Vitamin B6 deficiency. Vitamin B6 is needed for proper brain development in kids, it also helps the body make the hormones serotonin (which regulates mood) and norepinephrine (which helps the body cope with stress)
Are you absorbing adequate amount of B12 from foods? Does your body have problem in absorbing Vitamin B12? Did you know that people with diabetes are more prone for Vitamin B12 deficiency? And importantly, did you know that your genotype can identify the root cause of your Vitamin B12 deficiency and help in determining your base line risk, unlike a blood test? Based on research, find out which foods would assist you in absorption of Vitamin B12 and exactly what quantity of Vitamin B12 supplementation your body needs?
Are you afraid of getting Osteoporosis? Did you know that your genes play a vital role in transporting Vitamin D in your bloodstream to where it is needed? In fact, you may be suffering from Vitamin-D deficiency in spite of having normal levels of Vitamin-D in your blood test results. Hence, find out the root cause of your Vitamin-D deficiency related health conditions such as muscle weakness, fatigue, osteoporosis etc. Also, Vitamin-D deficiency can increase your risk for diabetes.
Vitamin E deficiency might be contributing towards abdominal obesity in some people. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew this in advance? It turns out that if you carry certain genetic variations you can actually loose inches on your waist simply by changing your diet or taking Vitamin E supplements.
Did you know that if you carry a certain genetic variant your chances for calcium for deficiency increase. Calcium is important for bone health and if you don’t get enough calcium and vitamin D to support functions, your body takes calcium from your bones. This is called losing bone mass, which puts you at risk for the bone disease osteoporosis.
Did you know that some people have an autoimmune reaction when they consume foods such as roti, bread etc. that contains gluten (wheat, barley or rye)? Find out if you are allergic to wheat, barley or rye? Did you know that your villi in the small intestine can get inflamed and cause mal-absorption of other essential nutrients causing all sorts of health conditions? Did you know that gluten intolerance can hinder weight loss? Find out if you should be going on a gluten free diet.
Do you love milk, ice cream and other dairy products? Did you know that lactose (natural sugar found in milk and dairy products) can create health challenges such as burps, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, belly pain and even cramps, if not digested by your body? Find out if your small intestine is making enough of lactase, an enzyme that breaks down or digest lactose? Find out if you are sensitive to milk and dairy and can your body digests milk and other dairy products?
Did you know that based on your genotype consuming caffeine (found in coffee, aerated drinks, chocolates etc.) can cause a heart attack and high blood pressure / hypertension? Find out what causes heart attack and hyper tension and how to prevent it?
Do you want to know what habit of yours is causing you anxiety on a daily basis? Did you know that consuming the caffeine, found in your chocolates, tea, coffee, energy drinks, coke/Pepsi, can increase the feeling of anxiety, nervousness, or worry in people based on their unique genetic code? Do you feel anxious and hence less productive on a regular basis? Do you want to find out why? Your daily cup of chai might be to blame.
Want to eliminate the risk of having a baby that weighs less and has a smaller head circumference? Caffeine is widely consumed by women of reproductive age. And it has been implicated to inhibit fetal growth but the evidence was conflicting until now. We now know your genotype plays a role with prenatal caffeine intake and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Hypertension Risk and potential reversal therapy (Blood Pressure): Can you reverse hypertension? Did you know that many land mark clinical studies have shown that based on your genetic profile you may be able to use nutrition based target reversal therapy that can help you significantly lower your blood pressure and potentially get you off anti-hypertensive medication?
Are you genetically predisposed to increased bad cholesterol? Bad cholesterol can contribute to formation of plaques that increases your risk for coronary heart diseases. Do you have an increased risk for hypertriglyceridemia (a condition in which triglyceride levels are elevated and is a common disorder caused or exacerbated by uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, obesity, and sedentary habits) and dyslipidaemia (a risk factor for coronary artery diseases)? Dyslipidaemia is elevation of plasma cholesterol, triglycerides (TGs), or both, or a low high-density lipoprotein level that contributes to the development of atherosclerosis.
We've been told that saturated fat is unhealthy. It is claimed to raise cholesterol levels and give us heart attacks. However, many recent studies suggest that the true picture is more complicated than that. In terms of its chemical formula saturated fats are fat molecules that have no double bonds between carbon molecules as they are saturated with hydrogen bonds. These fats are normally solid at room temperature and occur naturally in many foods most of which originate from animal sources. While saturated fat (particularly lauric acid) has been shown to increase total and LDL-C, there is also an increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). High concentrations of HDL-C are associated with greater protection from coronary artery disease and other cardiovascular diseases. Studies clearly show that, on average, saturated fat does not raise the risk of heart disease. That being said, there are definitely some people who may want to minimize saturated fat in the diet. This includes individuals with particular genetic variants.
Find out if you can lower your triglycerides by over 60% based on your genotype. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is one of several omega-3 fatty acids. It is found in cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon and fish oil supplements, along with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Getting more EPA in your diet has positive effects on coronary heart disease, high triglycerides (fats in the blood), high blood pressure, and inflammation. In individuals with a particular genetic variant, EPA has a more beneficial effect in lowering triglycerides!
Calorie or energy restriction is a dietary regimen where one reduces calorie intake without incurring malnutrition or a reduction in essential nutrients. "Low calorie restriction" can be defined relative to the subject's previous intake before intentionally restricting calories. A restricted diet aims to reduce the intake of calories to a level 20-40% lower than their typical intake, while still consuming all the necessary nutrients and vitamins.
Are you at risk for high homocysteine levels that can cause countless diseases? Homocysteine is an unwanted amino acid that is converted to methionine (an important amino acid) in the body. Methylated Tetra Hydro Folate (MTHF) plays an vital role in converting homocysteine to methionine. Find out if your body is converting enough Folate to MTHF in order to prevent buildup of homocysteine in your body. Also get to know whether folic acid is the correct solution to this problem.
Are you afraid of balding? Do you wish to know if your likely to develop bald spots in advance? Research now confirms the link between spot baldness and carriers of a certain genetic variant.
Migraines are a recurring type of headache. They cause moderate to severe pain that is throbbing or pulsing. The pain is often on one side of your head. You may also have other symptoms, such as nausea and weakness. Warning symptoms known as aura may occur before or with the headache. These can include flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling on one side of the face or in your arm or leg. Though migraine causes aren't understood, genetics and environmental factors appear to play a role. There is currently no single cure for migraines. Treatment is aimed at preventing a full-blown attack, and alleviating the symptoms that occur.
Scientists have found that some people are at a greater risk for developing brain damage in old age, thanks to some genetic variants they carry.
Are you likely to get diabetes? Insulin sensitivity is the relationship between how much insulin needs to be produced in order to deposit a certain amount of glucose in your body. Insulin resistance (IR) is generally regarded as a pathological condition in which cells fail to respond to the normal actions of the hormone insulin. How can you prevent Insulin Resistance with targeted nutrition? Which supplements can help you lower your diabetes risk? Find out whether foods with low or medium Glycemic Index are favorable for you!
Did you know that fiber can be harmful in managing your HBA1c levels? HbA1c refers to glycated hemoglobin (A1c), which identifies average plasma glucose concentration. For people with diabetes this is important as the higher the HbA1c, the greater the risk of developing diabetes-related complications. Generally, individuals with high HbA1c levels are given a high fiber diet. Dietary fibre refers to a group of compounds found in plant-based foods that cannot be digested by the human body. But this can have a negative effect on some individuals, find out is that individual is you.
Did you know that the protective effectiveness of whole grains can be negated in some people? Find out How? Generally, individuals with high blood glucose levels are given a high whole grain diet. Whole grains or foods made from them contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain in their original proportions. Many studies suggest that by controlling your whole grain consumption based on your genotype, you can modulate your risk for type II diabetes.
Did you know that metformin hampers absorption of Vitamin B12 in the long run? Metformin is a diabetes medication known as Biguanide. For diabetics and individuals consuming metformin, it is imperative to know if your body’s methylation cycle is functioning swiftly. Some people are at greater risk, when they consume metformin, for Vitamin B12 deficiency if they are not supplementing with the correct form of the vitamin. Should you go on insulin shots instead?
Approximately 40% of diabetes medication don't work, and doctors have to resort to trial and error to figure out which medication is most effective for your body. But not anymore, based on your DNA we can now understand which people are more likely to have a better response to Type 2 diabetes medication (Pioglitazone) of which there are 66 pharma brands in India.
Does your body have a genetic tendency to gain weight, especially belly fat, hips, buts, thighs and underarms? Did you know that obesity can increase the risk of many other life threatening diseases such as diabetes, cardio vascular disease etc.? Did you know that 40% to 70% of your predisposition to obesity is inherited? Find out the foods and exercise strategies that can assist you manage your ideal body weight.
Did you know that on an average 50% - 75% of one’s daily energy expenditure is attributed towards their Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)? Find out if you are genetically susceptible to a higher or lower RMR. Wouldn’t it be great to optimize your body to burn more calories while resting? Find out effective strategies to boost your metabolism? Get to know what time of the day would be best suited for your body to work out to get the best results.
Find out which diet type is most effective for you based on your genetic profile. How much carbs do your body need? Will a low carb diet or a low fat diet be more effective for you? What foods suit one person may not always suit everyone and what suits everyone may not help you achieve your goals in terms of weight loss. Get to know how efficiently your body process carbs and fats and based on that information decide what foods suit your body and not the general public.
Do you tend to regain weight eventually in spite of controlling your food habits and regular exercise? Most of the obese population suffer from the Yo – Yo effect, which is more harmful to your body than just maintaining the higher body weight. The Yo – Yo effect is when an obese person loses weight and regains it post the diet. In order to rid of those lost kilos find out what you can do about it below.
What can I do to prevent weight regain? Find out how to precisely control and prevent weight regain in the long run? You try hard for 3 or 6 months to lose a couple of kilos by unsustainable dieting and exercising and once that stops a few of those lost kilos find a way back into your body. Now you can stop that from happening by simply knowing which diet genetically suits your body type to prevent weight regain.
Find out how you may be able to regulate your appetite. Did you know that eating ginger helps some people to lose weight by controlling appetite? Controlling your appetite is a very important strategy for weight loss. Genetically some individuals are unable to know when they are full and hence strategies like taking ginger may help curb an individual’s appetite preventing them from obesity and its related diseases.
Did you know that some lucky people who carry a certain genetic variant can lose inches throughout their body simply by supplementing with ginger.
Did you know that consuming Omega 3 can provide added benefit to some people by helping them reduce weight and lower diabetes risk? Polyunsaturated fatty acids are important in one’s diet, especially omega 3s which are missed out in diets of individuals who are vegetarian as it is mainly present in fish and fish oils. Also, find out the ration in which you need to consume omega 6 : omega 3 to keep inflammation in check.
Did you know that a high MUFA diet is more harmful for some people based on the genetic profile? Can Olive oil and other MUFA oils make you gain weight? Olive oil and avocado oil are few of the popular Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA) in the market today. But many individuals don’t know that it’s not beneficial to use olive oil for cooking! Also, in spite the health benefits some individuals’ BMI may respond negatively to olive oil type fats and hence they need to limit the intake.
How bad is processed food (high in saturated fats) for you? Find out what is your upper limit to prevent weight gain? Are saturated fats the bad fats or the good fats for your body. Initially saturated fats earned a bad reputation and it was recommended to avoid these fats. Recently, saturated fats have earned the best reputation amongst all three types of fats. But will your BMI respond positively or negatively to ghee and butter?
Do you have a hormone imbalance that is causing weight gain? Adiponectin regulates metabolism of lipids and glucose, influences the body’s response to insulin and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the cell linings of the walls of the blood vessels. Low levels of adiponectin are normally found in obese people, increasing their risk for insulin resistance, cardiovascular diseases. Is your body producing enough of its natural fat burning hormone? Do you want to know how to use targeted nutrition therapy to stimulate its production?
Find out if you are a high responder or a poor responder to dieting (600 K Calorie deficit) in terms of lowering your BMI (Body Mass Index)? Will eating less calories be effective in losing weight? Most diets today restrict the calories for individuals which makes them hungry and hence more likely to cheat and eat calorie dense foods. If calorie restriction isn’t going to help you lose weight then why put yourself through restriction?
Are you genetically predisposed to low testosterone levels? Low levels of testosterone leads to deterioration in the muscle mass and increased frailty. Increase in testosterone increases protein synthesis, inhibits protein breakdown, activates satellite cells, and stimulate other anabolic hormones which leads to gain in muscle mass. Find out if obesity reduces your testosterone levels? If yes, how can you boost it?
Did you know that your unique genetic code could make eating your favorite chicken tikka or any non-veg tandoori item toxic for your body and can cause DNA and protein damage in your cells? If you love eating chargrilled meat on a regular basis you might be exposing yourself to serious health problems.
Are your genes making you overeat? Satiety can be described as the feeling of being full. Satiety lasts until the recovery of hunger and readiness for the next meal. Overeating once or twice when you see Gulab Jamun or a cup cake is human nature. But feeling like you’ve over eaten after almost every meal is a genetic problem. Find out how to prevent over eating with research based targeted nutrition therapy.
Have you noticed if you tend to overeat in an attempt to control, monitor or cope with negativity, sadness or depression? Since the strongest food cravings usually hit when one is at the weakest emotionally, you may turn to food for comfort - consciously or unconsciously - when facing a difficult problem, feeling stressed or even feeling bored, which may often lead to poor self-esteem, unwanted weight gain, and obesity. Do you find yourself more addicted to food and even alcohol and smoking when you're sad or depressed? Find out what can you do about it?
Do you want to know if you are more susceptible to become an alcoholic compared from others? Do you find yourself drinking alcohol regularly, but find it difficult to stop? Do you want to find out why? Do you want to know if you are more dependent on alcohol compared to others? Find out if your child is at a greater risk for addiction. Addiction is a condition that results when a person either ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable but the continued use/ act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships and health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others. This is a biological state in which the body adapts to the presence of a drug so that the drug no longer has the same effect, otherwise known as tolerance. Addictions change the way the brain functions. Addictions can cause problems like mood swings, memory loss, lack of clarity in making decisions etc.
Some people are nicotine addicts while others can easily do without it. Research has discovered the reasons behind this. The different genetic variants you carry can indicate whether you are likely to have a greater dependency for nicotine.
Did you know that scientists have actually found that if you smoke and also carry a certain genetic variant, your family is at a greater risk for developing cancer. If knowing this information as a smoker doesn't make you serious about quitting, then God bless your family!
Would you like to know if you have a greater tendency to abstain from smoking once you have decided to quit? Scientists have found that the likelihood of smoking cessation are associated with certain genetic variants.
Are you more susceptible to Nicotine withdrawal syndrome which mean anxiety, cravings and irritability after you have decided to quit smoking? Would you like to know what to expect in order to be mentally prepared before you decide to quit?
Have you ever wondered if medication can help you quit smoking? Well if you are considering quitting smoking cigarettes, you can now find out how your body would respond to 14 pharma brands (Bupropion) that sell this medication across India.
Cocaine is a type of drug that functions to increase the availability of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is associated with the generation of 'euphoric' emotions, the regulation of movement, and the processing of reward cues. However, it is also associated with a considerable potential for dependence and abuse. Cocaine is attractive as a recreational substance due to the perceived positive effects on mood, motivation, and energy. Someone abusing cocaine may smoke, snort, or take it via injection. Cocaine is a stimulant, therefore it causes your heart to beat faster and your blood vessels to constrict, which can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.
Opioid addiction is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that can cause major health, social, and economic problems. Opioids are a class of drugs that act in the nervous system to produce feelings of pleasure and pain relief. Some opioids are legally prescribed by healthcare providers to manage severe and chronic pain. Commonly prescribed opioids include oxycodone, fentanyl, buprenorphine, methadone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine. Some other opioids, such as heroin, are illegal drugs of abuse. Opioids change the chemistry of the brain and lead to drug tolerance, which means that over time the dose needs to be increased to achieve the same effect. Taking opioids over a long period of time produces dependence, such that when people stop taking the drug, they have physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal (such as muscle cramping, diarrhea, and anxiety). The causes of opioid addiction are complex. This condition results from a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors, some of which have not been identified.
Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive. The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant before it is refined to morphine. People inject, sniff, snort, or smoke heroin. Heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing. Heroin often contains additives, such as sugar, starch, or powdered milk, that can clog blood vessels leading to the lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain, causing permanent damage.
Did you know that if your child carries a certain genetic variant he or she might be susceptible to a mental health disorder which is characterized by disregard for other people.
Are you likely to become a pathological gambler? if your genes can help you understand why, then you should be more cautious and work around this personality trait. And you should probably refrain from going to a casino! But more importantly you might want to put in place checks and balances when it comes to financial management.
Are you or your child gifted when it comes to learning new languages? If so, you might have a slight advantage over others if your trying to learn Chinese (Mandarin) or Spanish? The ability to learn a language varies in adults. Scientists are now beginning to understand the molecular neurobiology of language and have found some evidence linking linguistic grammar learning and certain genetic variations.
Do you have difficulty in concentrating or paying attention compared to others? Have you ever wondered why you have a short attention span? Do you have a genetic predisposition for ADHD?
Can our genetic makeup influence the way we learn from errors? They say you learn from your mistakes, but did you know you might be taking longer to do so than others? We usually learn from both positive and negative action outcomes. But do you take longer than you should? Are you insensitive to negative consequences of self-destructive behavior?
Do you want to know why you or your child gets easily bored of things? Some people always need new things to keep them interested and genetic research now confirms this. Knowing whether you or someone you love has a tendency to seek novelty can be very useful. You may now know the secret to keeping them interested in things by introducing variety into their lives.
Anorexia nervosa — often simply called anorexia — is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of weight. People with anorexia generally restrict the number of calories and the types of food they eat. Some people with the disorder also exercise compulsively, purge via vomiting and laxatives, and/or binge eat. Anorexia is extremely unhealthy and sometimes a life-threatening way to try to cope with emotional problems. When you have anorexia, you often equate thinness with self-worth. The exact cause of anorexia is unknown. As with many diseases, it's probably a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors.It may be difficult to notice signs and symptoms because what is considered a low body weight is different for each person, and some individuals may not appear extremely thin. Also, people with anorexia often disguise their thinness, eating habits or physical problems.
Bulimia is an eating disorder in which a person has regular episodes of eating a very large amount of food (bingeing) during which the person feels a loss of control over eating. The person then uses different ways, such as vomiting or laxatives (purging), to prevent weight gain. Many people with bulimia also have anorexia. Many more women than men have bulimia. The disorder is most common in teenage girls and young women. The person usually knows that her eating pattern is abnormal. She may feel fear or guilt with the binge-purge episodes. The exact cause of bulimia is unknown. Genetic, psychological, family, society, or cultural factors may play a role. Bulimia is likely due to more than one factor.A person with bulimia might eat more than 2,000 calories in one sitting and then induce vomiting. Vomiting, however, is not the only method of purging. Excessive exercise, laxative use, enemas, fasting, or a combination of purging methods are common alternatives to vomiting.
Did you ever wonder why some people have eating disorders? We now know that your DNA is partly to blame. Find out if you have genetic predisposition towards eating disorders. Eating disturbances may include inadequate or excessive food intake which can ultimately damage an individual’s well-being. The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder and affect both females and males.
Should I focus on high intensity or low intensity workouts? Will running or jogging daily be more effective? Find out if walking every day is enough for you to lose weight? Intensity is measured in terms of heart rate while performing a particular exercise. Higher the heart rate while performing a exercise for example skipping or sprinting, higher is the intensity of that exercise. For some individuals high intensity is the only way to beat obesity. Find out the intensity you need to lose weight.
Did you know that your genes affect your athletic ability, your muscle stiffness and the type of your skeletal muscle fibers? Find out if you have genetic variants associated with elite power athletes or elite endurance athletes. Find out if you are better suited for endurance oriented activities or better suited for sprinting / power activities.
Do you give up or discontinue walking, yoga, exercise /work out plans that you started so enthusiastically half way through your training? How motivated are you? Find out, if you really need a personal trainer or someone else to hold you accountable for your daily physical activities.
Are your genes causing an increased stiffness and reduced flexibility in your muscles? Do you have a genetic risk for ankle injuries?
Are your genes causing an undesirable structural change in your ligaments? ACL is an important internal stabilizer of the knee joint, restraining hyperextension. An ACL injury is the over-stretching or tearing of this ligament in the knees, this can be very painful and it takes a long time to heal. For individuals in sports and fitness, the knee is one of the most important joints and a knee injury can prevent you from playing for a long while. So find out if you have a genetic risk for knee injury?
How much recovery time do you need between exercises to prevent muscle damage? In muscles and adipose tissue, the release of IL6 has both pro and anti-inflammatory impacts and is an essential component for muscle repair, may contribute to hypertrophy, and could be involved in glucose and lipid metabolism. Get to know your levels of inflammation in order to incorporate the ideal breaks required by your muscles between consecutive sets of exercises and between sessions of exercises.
Calves, Quadriceps, Hamstrings & ligament Injury: Are your genes causing reduced tensile strength and increased stiffness of your ligaments in your calves, hamstrings and quadriceps? Exercise Associated Muscle Cramping is defined as a syndrome of involuntary painful skeletal muscle spasms that occurs during or immediately after physical exercise. It is common among athletes participating in long-distance endurance events such as triathlon and marathon, and many other sports like basketball, football, tennis, cricket, cycling. One of the inherent risk factors for EAMC is genetics. Find out if you have a genetic risk for getting muscle cramps?
Are you genetically predisposed to various kinds of inflammation? Kindly know that inflammation has several ill effects on your body, including weight gain and many other serious health conditions. Did you know that you can have a precise diet based on your genotype to reduce its bad effects? Find out how?
Did you know that some people can actually increase the maximum volume of Oxygen their muscles can consume per minute? If you are lucky enough to carry this genotype, you will perform better at physical activities and you may find that you can run faster than your initial capacity.