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Genetic Testing: Lifestyle Trumps Genes

Genetic Testing: Lifestyle Trumps Genes

With concerns about genetic testing information being used as part of job or health insurance applications, many people are hesitant to have genetic testing done. 

Genetic screening in the workplacecan detect the presence of genetic factors in healthy individuals that may place those individuals at increased risk for developing certain diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

However, there is strong evidence that certain lifestyle habits can help you win against the battle of your genes.

In fact, at Cederquist Medical Wellness Center, we feel that it is important to have genetic testing done, in order to discover what specific risks you may face, and learn how to avoid any problems before they start.

Your genetics play a role not only in your cholesterol levels, but also snacking behaviors, nutrient status, response to exercise, caffeine, and a whole host of other factors that influence weight loss.

The state-of-the-art genetic testing kit we use tests over 150 genes to see how they play a role in your nutrition, eating behaviors, nutrient status, as well as your body’s response to exercise.  It can recommend the best type of diet for you, as well as determining your body's reactions to alcohol, caffeine, and bitter foods.  It's very easy to peform from a simply saliva sample.

Find out what type of exercise, such as aerobics vs strength training, would work best for you to lose weight according your genetics.  Discover if you are prone to having a harder time feeling full after a meal.  Find out if you have genetic risk factors for certain vitamin deficiencies.  Discover if your genes give you extra benefit from exercise to help you improve your insulin sensitivity.  This test also looks to see if you are more or less likely to have eating dis-inhibition which means that relying on will power alone when there is a box of cookies in the house is extra difficulte for you, and probably not a good weight loss strategy.

The good news about genetic testing? Lifestyle wins out. Just because you are genetically prone for obesity does not mean it is your destiny to become overweight.

“My personal genetic tests showed that I had a significant number of genes that placed me at the absolute highest risk for obesity” says Dr. Caroline Cederquist, Medical Director of Cederquist Medical Wellness Center. “I have followed certain exercise and lifestyle patterns since my teen years which have allowed me to keep my weight within an ideal range.  These tests showed me that I did not just ‘get lucky’ with thin genes, rather I have been able to adopt the lifestyle habits that keep my obesity genes in check.”

This is great news for people who feel that their genetic cards are stacked against them.

Another situation where genetic testing can prove extremely beneficial is in determining whether you are at a higher risk of developing diabetes.  If you have the genes for a higher blood sugar, this makes it more likely that as you age diabetes could become a problem. It is quite easy to regulate blood sugars and control insulin levels with diet and lifestyle habits. If you adopt the right lifestyle, then you can greatly reduce the likelihood of your diabetic genes being expressed.

Genetic testing can allow you to narrow the lens and determine the most important part of your health to focus on according to your genes. It can shed a lot of light on what your personal health risks are, and help you take the right precautions in preventing them.


To learn more, please call our office at 239-593-0663.


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