Diet and lifestyle factors that support optimal health for one person isn’t necessarily true for another. That’s because we differ based on our genetic make-up and the environment in which we live in. When addressing the key factors that influence our health, it's the complex interplay between our genes which we can’t control and our environment influenced by diet and lifestyle which for the most part we can control.
We are extremely fortunate to live in an age that gives us access to affordable genetic testing, revealing our nutritional sensitivities and susceptibilities to nutrient deficiencies and diseases. Understanding this gives us the power to manipulate our diet and lifestyle to positively influence our health and reduce our disease risk. For example, you might have a gene that increases your risk of developing high cholesterol however how much this effects your health and cardiovascular disease risk is largely influenced by your diet; which you can control. This is the root of managing health through prevention rather than cure; which is effective health management.
I am excited to now offer the following genetic tests in my clinic to allow me to create personalised programs based on your needs.
This is for you if you are interested in establishing the optimal nutrition necessary for good health and longevity. This will provide insights into 36 gene variants involved in the following biological processes that have been linked to risk for diseases of lifestyle:
- Cholesterol metabolism
- Bone Health & risk for osteoporosis
- Methylation and risk for cancer
- Inflammation and oxidative stress
- Insulin Sensitivity and risk for diabetes
- Food Responsiveness, including Lactose intolerance, Caffeine processing, Salt sensitivity and blood pressure & Iron overload disorders
This is for you if you want to understand your gene variations that impact metabolism, absorption and storage of fats and carbohydrates, as well as eating behaviour. This will give you insight into:
- Your diet and exercise responsiveness
- Optimal distribution of macronutrients for effective weight loss
- Your obesity risk
- Weight-loss resistance and/or weight gain after weight loss
- Optimal exercise intensity for weight loss
- Whether you are more suited to a Low fat, Mediterranean or Low Carbohydrate diet.
DNA Oestrogen tests for gene variants that have been shown to have an impact on how oestrogen is processed in your body and if the processing of oestrogen and related compounds is efficient and healthy. Improving oestrogen metabolism is of benefit to women who suffer from oestrogen-dominant conditions such as endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome and uterine fibroid tumours, or where there is a family history of breast, uterine or ovarian cancer, or prostate cancer in men. This will provide insights into:
- Variations in key genes involved in metabolising oestrogen and related compounds
- Intervention strategies for carriers of high-risk genetic variations
- Personal risk factors associated with HRT, Oral contraceptives, bio-identical supplementation and in vitro fertilisation
Variation in genes account for 66 % of athletic success. In order to attain the most successful target training outcomes, the ratio between the power training and aerobic exercise that constitutes a training program varies widely between individuals. This notion applies even between different individuals seeking the same goal metric, such as fat-loss or muscle gain. This will give you insights into:
- Your exercise and dietary responsiveness
- Appropriate exercise training choices for optimum health and physical performance
- Training patterns and nutritional intake for optimal recovery times
- Prehabilitative exercise and nutritional strategies for injury avoidance