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Eat what you are

05 Jun 2017

Choosing the right diet for your body should be simple; after all, the answers are in your DNA.

Today, almost 11.2 million Australians are either overweight or obese1, cementing it as the second highest contributor to our burden of disease. The leading cause of death is heart disease, and the third is smoking. A poor diet and inadequate physical activity is leaving many exposed to an increased risk of chronic health issues such as cardiovascular disease (including heart disease and stroke), type 2 diabetes, some cancers and mental health conditions2.

Losing weight and being healthy can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Conflicting advice can make it harder. Just because you’re told something is right for some people – or even most people – there’s no guarantee that their advice is right for you, and your body.

Don’t guess, know.

By asking your DNA for the answers, through a simple, non-invasive test, you can now gain personalised health advice based on your genetic makeup.

Each year researchers are decoding more of the secrets in the human genome. We now know what genes you have, but – more importantly – what this means for your body.

Meet your DNA

These genes have direct impacts on our weight, and related health risks such as high cholesterol. Let us introduce you.

The FTO gene: This gene is linked to body size and body fat storage; it affects your appetite and the feeling of being full in the brain’s control centre. The FTO gene is linked to your risk of being overweight.

The PPARG gene: When you eat more food than you need, the excess calories that the body cannot immediately use are regulated by the PPARG gene and stored as fat. This gene can tell you if you have a reduced, moderate or normal conversion of excess energy into fat.

The APOA5 gene: This gene regulates triglyceride levels and can reveal your likelihood to have an increased risk of elevated triglyceride levels, which can result in high cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease.

The LIPC gene: This gene is involved in the regulation of cholesterol in the body and can indicate how your body processes fat.

So how does it work?

myDNA tests are easy, safe and confidential. In 4 simple steps you can find out what’s hidden in your DNA.

  1. Buy your test kits on myDNA.life or directly from a participating pharmacy.
  2. Complete your own simple, non-invasive cheek swab at home.
  3. Mail your test back to our myDNA lab.
  4. Less than 2 weeks later, you’ll receive our personalised report, straight to your inbox.

myDNA’s Wellness & Nutrition test, launched this month, analyses four genes with strong evidence for an impact on weight and related health issues. The lab analysis uncovers specific insights into your likelihood for weight gain, how you process and store fat, along with your risk of elevated triglyceride levels (high levels can increase your risk of heart disease). All this information is collated into a detailed 16 page report, with personalised guidance on the most suitable diet for you, based on your DNA, along with an exercise plan that will allow you to improve overall wellbeing.

It’s a practical tool which you can share with your healthcare professional, so you can be sure that any changes you make are safe and effective.

Take the test and meet your DNA today.

References

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014

2 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2016

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