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The Link Between Obesity and Genetics

According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States.   With tobacco use ranking in first position, the obesity epidemic continues to be a strong competitor as it has contributed to over 300,000 deaths per year.

Although, there continues to be no definitive cause for obesity, we do know that the genetic link remains strong, but often overlooked. Since genes give the body instructions for responding to changes in its environment, many studies of resemblances and differences among family members, twins, and adoptees offer indirect scientific evidence that a sizable portion of the variation in weight among adults is due to genetic factors. Other studies comparing both obese and non-obese individuals have also helped to identify genetic variants that could influence behaviors (ie. Overeating, Being Sedentary) and/or metabolism (ie. Diminished capacity to use dietary fats as fuel, Increased tendency to store body fat).  Equipped with this information, researchers at Stanford University found that matching individuals to a specific type of diet and utilizing strongly linked propensities for obesity, could significantly increase weight-loss success.

Bluepoint Wellness and Spa offers a cutting-edge genetic test that assesses 80 markers to deliver a personalized plan to optimize your diet, nutrition and exercise regime.  It provides actionable recommendations for diet and exercise based on your unique genetic profile to help you achieve optimal results. Start living smarter, not harder, with these key findings: 

*Your personalized genetic nutrition profile, including the ratio of carbs, proteins, and fats for your body.

*How to make proactive decisions regarding diet, exercise, & lifestyle based on your DNA.

*Gain insight into your genetic predisposition for exercise to get the most benefit from endurance and strength training. 

Authored by: Velma Bunch

Physician Assistant

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