What’s your DNA report telling you?
Companies like 23andMe, which produce DNA report based on your genes, give you a lot of data and point out some important genetic markers, but they are not allowed to give any health advice as regulated by the FDA. They do give some reports on potentially inherited conditions. But, genetic potential is only part of the picture.
Your genes are not your destiny
DNA is a molecular code containing the “recipes” that tell your body how to make proteins – the molecular workhorses that do the heavy lifting inside your cells. Your unique DNA code shapes who you are and how you grow.A section of DNA that contains a complete recipe for a particular protein is known as a gene.
But… Not all of your genes are read all of the time. Different genes may be “expressed” (turned on) or “silent” (turned off).
Sure, genes which code for things like your eye colour or hair colour, are not going to change, but what about the genes which tell your body how to run its various biochemical pathways and how to replicate your cells? These genes must be “expressing” – that is turned “on”. Diet and lifestyle factors can impact the expression of these genes greatly. This is known as “epigenetics” (please see the link and the infographic below).
Do you know what changes you need to make to try to stave off health problems in the future?
You can expect
We will have a one-to-one 90-minute consultation, either in person or over Skype, to discuss your DNA report in a nutritional framework. What SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) do you have that may be a concern for your future health? I will analyse your DNA report and give you diet and lifestyle coaching. The idea is to optimise your current health and hopefully prevent or minimise other potential health issues in the future.
I will also ask you to fill in a questionnaire about medical history, family history, etc, just as I do with a regular nutritional therapy session. This will help me in our consultation to tailor your programme.
Before the consultation
Before the consultation, we need a DNA report (at least) so I will need to organise some tests for you. The price for these tests is already included in my price plans. However, if you already have these test results a deduction can be made from my fees.
More info on epigenetics, shown with great easy to understand infographic: click here
Genetics vs. Epigenetics infographic
from “Hidden Switches in the Mind” by Eric J. Nestler. Scientific American 305, 76 – 83 (2011) doi:10.1038/scientificamerican1211-76 Protect My Future