JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Could a DNA test be the answer to slimming down and saving you months at the gym?
Interleuken Genetics, together with researchers at Stanford University, say a swab test can help you customize how you should eat and how you should exercise.
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Researchers invited by e-mail participants to swab their cheeks. Then scientists performed a genotype evaluation on each person.
Then they organized the participants, 141 females, into four weight loss diets ranging from very low carbs to low carbs/high protein and low fat and very low fat. The women were all overweight or obese, and pre-menopausal.
The findings presented at the American Heart Association, according to the study organizers, found that people on genotype-appropriate diets lost 5.3 percent of body weight compared to people on diets not matched to their genotype. They had only 2.3 percent weight loss.
Stanford researcher Christopher Gardner says, "The potential of using genetic information to achieve this magnitude of weight loss without pharmaceutical intervention would be important in heping to solve the pervasive problem of excessive weight in our society."
The kit is marketed under Inherent Health brand and is analyzed in Interleukin Genetics' lab.
Keep in mind many weight loss experts say nothing can beat the tried-and-true methods of healthier eating and safe exercising.
If you'd like more information about our own healthy programs, visit kickitupfirstcoast.com for free help.
No matter what, always ask a doctor before you make major changes in diet or lifestyle or exercise.
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