Increasingly, clients want to know what DNA testing is all about and why Registered Nutritional Therapists are now offering a genetic profiling service.
There are two main factors that determine our risk of succumbing to disease: our environment and our genes. Genetic variations alone do not cause disease but they do influence our susceptibility to environmental factors (which are modifiable). Simply put, knowing your genetic predispositions allow you to make informed choices about how you live your life. Your genes are not your destiny!
Genetic profiling information can now be used in nutritional and lifestyle interventions. Although our genes do not change (so only one test is ever necessary), our environment, diet and lifestyle do change and these factors can affect the expression of those genes – both in a positive or negative way.
DNA tests are easy to do (a simple cheek swab sent to the lab). I use a laboratory which analyses your genetics along with a lifestyle questionnaire. This combined approach shows how genetic and environmental risk factors can affect the expression of your particular genetic make-up. In other words, how is your genetic risk potential being realised through your current diet and lifestyle choices?
The Comprehensive DNA Panel assesses genetic variants for food cravings, sugar metabolism and sensitivity to carbs, fat over-absorption and sensitivity, liver detoxification pathways, methylation cycle, oestrogen imbalance, inflammation, caffeine sensitivity, lactose intolerance, iron over-absorption and the requirements for glutathione, folate, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin B, magnesium and anti-oxidants.
The novelty of this approach is that you can repeat the on-line questionnaire free of charge, as often as you wish, to check how any changes to your diet and lifestyle have impacted on your gene expression. An indispensible tool and a great motivator!
To learn more about how genetic profiling can guide your personal health or lifestyle decisions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.