Nutrigenomics is the study of nutrition and genetics. It helps us discover the different ways that individuals respond to food based on their genetic make-up. While all humans are genetically very similar, we all have slight differences in our genetic profile which make us unique. These tiny variations determine the effect that nutrients have on our bodies and how we metabolize the food that we eat.
A number of things are becoming clearer. Studies have shown that our genes can modify our response to diet. This includes how our genes may increase our requirement for important essential nutrients such as folate, vitamins B6 and B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, and omega-3 as well as how they can increase our sensitivity to carbohydrates, fats, alcohol, caffeine and salt. Additionally, studies are now providing insights into why some individuals appear to lose weight more easily on a given restricted diet compared to others.
Additionally, studies are showing that individuals find dietary recommendations based on genetics to be more understandable and more useful than general dietary advice. Tailored diets may also result in better compliance, longer-term BMI reduction and improvements in blood glucose levels.
Our genes and environment both have an essential part to play in our health and overall wellness. While our genes may help us understand more about our susceptibility to a particular health issue, it is environmental factors such as diet and lifestyle that can determine whether we succumb to these issues. Genetics loads the gun but your diet and lifestyle pull the trigger.
Prenetics understands that trust and accuracy are very important to you. We operate our own laboratory and have put in place stringent international quality standards. We have had external validation completed by the Core Facilities Genome Sequencing Laboratory (CFGSL) with a proven genotyping accuracy of 99.9%.
When you submit your DNA, you can trust that:
We use a state-of-the-art sequencing technology to analyze each DNA sample
The quality of the samples are checked frequently as they move through the process of analysis
DNA is extracted from cells in the cheek to be processed through a genotyping chip, which is a highly reliable method of DNA analysis
We use validated science to develop reports with accurate and up-to-date information
The information and opinions our experts provide you are based on established scientific and medical research
EQAP: CAP, WHO, QCMD