Since the completion of the human genome mapping work, genetics has become a hot topic – specifically what it means for living a healthy life.
Genetics has begun to play a major role in healthcare decision-making for both providers and patients. Providers are now taking genetics into account when prescribing viable treatments for their patients. And who could forget Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo radical bilateral mastectomy after finding out her genetic predisposition to hormone-mediated cancers?
While our genetics influence our response to food, the opposite also holds true: Continue reading “Truths About Living a Healthy Life”
You’ve heard it before: make eating right a no-brainer. Keep junk food out of the house and fill your kitchen with easy-to-eat healthy options. But it’s very tempting to keep just a few favorite snacks on hand. You know how to manage your cravings, right? You can eat just one, right? Perhaps not. Recent research published in the journal PLOS ONE shows that overindulging may be in your genes. But even if you are predisposed to overeating, you can do something about it!
In the study conducted by Professor Lesley Campbell, Director of Diabetes Services at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Dr. Arthur Jenkins from the University of Wollongong, data from 300 healthy individuals with a family history of type 2 diabetes – the type associated with high sugar, high fat diets – was evaluated. Researchers found that many different defects in overweight and obesity genes were at play in these individuals. And these defects account for about 95% of issues with excessive weight gain. Continue reading “Clean Out Your Cabinets, Lose Weight: How Your Environment Can Be Your Best Defense Against Overeating”