The Link between your Weight and your DNA

Why can some people seemingly eat whatever they want, and never get overweight, but you have tried every diet and exercise out there, and your weight just stays the same? This could indicate a genetic predisposition to weight loss resistance, amongst many other factors. Our genes are full of information about our bodies, and obesity or being overweight is genetic, just like heart disease.

What can my DNA tell me?

Your DNA plays a very big part in the regulation of your body weight. Studies show that up to 70% of your risk for being overweight is determined by your genes. Your DNA also provided information about your feeding behaviors, natural appetite control, the fat burning process, your genetic need for physical exercise in order to maintain a healthy body weight, and your sensitivity to of dietary fat and carbohydrates.  Genes cannot change, but scientists know now how to control and improve weight loss in a scientific way, by identifying the risk genes.

In addition to weight management, DNA testing can also reveal the following about your body:

  • Cholesterol and lipid metabolism
  • Dementia
  • Detoxification
  • Dietary carbohydrate sensitivity
  • Dietary fat sensitivity
  • Exercise responsiveness
  • Heart disease
  • Homocysteine metabolism
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammation
  • Insulin sensitivity and risk for diabetes
  • Iron metabolism
  • Drug metabolism
  • Cancer risk
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Circadian rhythms (sleep disorders)
  • Vitamin-B metabolism

By knowing more about your genetic make-up, you are able to take steps towards a healthier life.

These mutations affect your risk for overweight, but also provided information about your feeding behaviours, natural appetite control, the fat burning process, your genetic need for physical exercise in order to maintain a healthy body weight, and your metabolism of dietary fat and carbohydrates.

You can manage your body weight by being proactive and implementing the science-based strategies recommended to you. These may vary from modest changes in your environment, your diet, physical activity or adjustments in the medications and nutritional supplements you take.

The final link

Before you get demotivated and give up on a healthier lifestyle, get your genes tested! Your genetic information provides the final link to help your doctor, dietician and trainer create a personalised health and weight management plan, that incorporates your habits, environment and nutritional needs. Let your DNA tell you what your body needs and get your DNA tested now. Visit www.geneway.co.za for more information.