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Genetic testing to assist with weight loss programs

Carb Choice testing from Fitgenes

Are you struggling to lose weight? Is your weight loss program just not working, despite trying hard to stay on a low carbohydrate diet and committing to regular exercise?

From a naturopathic view point, a weight management program involves more than just caloric restriction. I suggest looking at the underlying causes such as hormonal imbalances, underactive thyroid, fatty liver, food intolerances, poor gut microbiome, adrenal overload, and insulin resistance.

In this article I’d like to focus on the last one, a condition called insulin resistance.

What is insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance can lead to weight gain and is often a precursor condition that leads to diabetes type 2 if it is not treated. To describe its mechanism as simply as possible, if you have insulin resistance you will tend to gain weight easily because what you eat gets stored as fat rather than burnt to produce energy. As some of my clients jokingly tell me, they only just have to look at food and they gain weight!

How do you know if you have insulin resistance?

You can have a blood test to check for diabetes, called HbA1C test, and also do a blood test to check your blood sugar levels and your blood insulin levels. While these tests are useful, I also like to do an amylase receptor DNA test to work out which specific carbohydrates are causing problems with digestion and metabolism. This way we can tailor a food list that you should avoid and list which is less likely to cause weight gain.

What is the Carb Choice Test?

The Carb Choice test is a simple saliva swab that analyses your genetic predisposition towards how effectively you process starch in carbohydrates. It gives you an analysis of the following weight loss guidelines.

· How much starch carbohydrate you should consume.

· Foods to include as part of your everyday diet and nutrition to support optimal starch and carbohydrate processing.

· Which specific foods to avoid or to minimise to support your needs.

· Foods to increase your amylase levels to support better starch carbohydrate processing.

· Lifestyle guidance for optimising your amylase levels.

I am a registered nutrigenomics practitioner with Fitgenes. Nutrigenomics is the science using nutritional medicine to enable your good genes to do their job, and to overcome any undoing of the genes that are not working so well. In other words it works on gaining the best outcome of your genetic makeup.

Carb Choice testing is genetic testing for the body’s ability to process carbohydrates. We can do this now with a simple saliva swab.

This case study was reported by Fitgenes, the gene testing company I use.

Case Study #1

· 49-year-old woman, BMI 36, Metabolic Syndrome, T2D, & on Insulin.

· Struggled with her weight despite totally committed to diet and exercise, optimal medication, and careful blood sugar monitoring.

· On a low carbohydrate/Paleo diet her sugars swung quite wildly between 7 and 29, with very few within the normal range.

· In early June 2016 received results of her AMY1 Copy Number = 2.

· Modified the quantity and type of starch in her diet.

· Glucose results suddenly much more tightly controlled, with about half the results in the normal range.

· Also feeling much better in herself.

· Without this vital piece of her genomic puzzle the patient’s doctor would have not normally considered such severe carbohydrate (starch) restriction,

· Would have assumed other metabolic reasons for her difficult insulin resistance and would have not persevered in trying to solve the problem with further dietary modification.

© Fitgenes (Aust.) Pty Ltd

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