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In-Home Genetics Testing: What Are You At-Risk For?

By Emily Roberts, MA, LPC

Have you ever wanted to know if you or your child is at-risk for developing different diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes?  Many adults we work with are and looking to optimise their health, and decrease the risk of potential life threatening diseases.  Many of the parents we work with  have one or more adoptive children, and know very little about their biological background, let alone their risk for developing diabetes, cancer or heart disease.  Those who opt to do genetic testing want to know their potential risk in order to take the best preventitive care possible and alleviate worry over the unknown.

Advocates of in-home genetic testing argue that testing may motivate parents and children to take preventive actions, while critics believe personal genetic tests may provide inaccurate or incomplete information that may worry parents and children more than it helps them.  However, if we are unaware of the genetic make up of the child (due to adoption) this route may be the easiest in preventing future diseases, and allows parents to be steps ahead, rather than worried about the unknown. In the study listed below, of those parents who are interested in genetic testing, “96 percent think it may give them the chance to prevent diseases and may help parents recognize children’s health problems earlier. The poll also shows that 90 percent of parents who express interest in genetic testing for their children are also interested in genetic testing for themselves.”

As adults, if we know that we have a genetic predisposition to a particular disease, this test accurately tests YOUR risk, dispelling the fear of the unknown. Variations in your genes crucial to your B-vitamin metabolism and the ability to manage oxidative stress.  Individuals that show suboptimal results for the genes can be at increased risk for ineffective utilization of B-vitamins and potential for cell damage caused by oxidative stress, both of which can in some cases lead to increased risk for certain diseases and cancers. 

A recent poll by University of Michigan Health Systems found most parents are interested in testing their children. Nearly all interested parents believe it may give them a chance to prevent disease; most uninterested parents believe it will cause worry.”  To see the article in full click here

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Pear Shaped or Apple Shaped?

Did you know the location of body fat may predict whether or not your brain is affected by the extra weight you carry?  A recent study found just that!

Researchers from Northwestern Medicine found that women who carried excess weight around their hips (pear shape) versus carrying weight around the abdomen (apple shape) were more apt to memory loss and cognitive decline.  The general school of thought in conventional medicine has been that “apple” shapes are more cause for concern since this body shape has been linked to heart disease.  However, we now know that the body fat cells around the hips secrete a hormone (cytokine) that is pro-inflammatory to the brain.  To read this article click here.

If you are concerned and would like to know how to get rid of excess body weight around the hips, take our NEW genetic test that identifies exactly what diet works best for your genotype!  Place your order by next Friday, July 23rd and receive a FREE Fit Food protein shake to jump start your program.  This protein shake is considered a “medical food” since it has additional ingredients supporting overall health, including anti-inflammatory effects!

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