I just took a genetic test offered through a lab I work with and it’s quite interesting! This test is called “Find Why” Weight Control Panel. It tests 5 genetic markers to gain insight into weight issues such as:
- Regulation of metabolism and satiety
- Regulation of fullness and meal frequency
- Sensitivity to carbohydrates and stress impact
- Fat absorption and insulin regulation of sugar
- Regulation of insulin and leptin systems
I am a carrier for 3 out of the 5 listed above. This means I am very sensitive to simple carbohydrates such as flour, sugars and alcohol; I do gain weight when I eat them. I also have a higher chance of insulin resistance and type 2 Diabetes. My body needs a higher protein diet, where exercise alone won’t lose the weight, and I should do weight training before I eat. I have a poor response to stress so I need to take care of my adrenals, and I also have an increased absorption of fatty acids and do best with polyunsaturated fats (my Norwegian heritage, I guess). There is more, but this gives you an idea.
Through the years I have figured out much of this and follow these guidelines because I feel best when I do. But this is a good reminder of how my body reacts to carbohydrates. I have many aunts who are heavy and many who have brain issues, like Dementia, and Alzheimer’s. Eating a high carbohydrate diet, for those of us who are sensitive leads to insulin resistance, which can create opportunities for Dementia and Alzheimer’s. In fact, they are starting to call Alzheimer’s Diabetes type 3. So having this information helps me stay true to the foods that are best for me.
If you want to know more information on this test, or would like to take it yourself, let me know. In fact, for first time clients, I am offering a special at THRIVE NUTRITION FOR MIND AND BODY, for the test and a follow up appointment with me when we get the results to help you on your path to your best health.
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