Doctors will design diets based on individuals’ genes: study

Doctors will design diets based on individuals’ genes: study

Doctors and dieticians will be able to design diets based on individuals’ genes within next five years, according to a new study by University of Texas (UT) researchers.

The researchers, however, said better analytical tools will require to be developed in the coming years to quickly understand the relationship between an individual’s genetics, behavior and weight-related diseases.

They explained that the potential that many genes involved with weight gain, weight loss, and regain weight and they pose a challenge. Researchers have found the gene that causes energy from food and store it as fat, variations in the gene and they way it interacts with other genes can differ from one person to other.

Dr. Molly Bray, a professor of nutritional sciences at UT Austin, said, “When people hear that genes may be playing a role in their weight loss success, they don’t say, ‘Oh great, I just won’t exercise any more’ … They actually say ‘Oh thank you. Finally someone acknowledges that it's harder work for me than it is for others.”

Dr. Bray said gains in collection of data on weight loss and weight gain, and better sensors to monitor diet, activity and stress, would help. When blended with genomic data with the help of a computer algorithm, Dr. Bray believes that the development of analysis tools is not far off.

The study appeared in the most recent edition of the journal Obesity.

According to a report from the I4U, it has been surmised that the DNA diet may be the future of fat loss for so many afflicted with the curse of obesity. The next big step in helping individuals lose extra flab and trim down may be a diet and exercise program based on their very own genetic makeup. This has been called precision weight loss and it just might be what all the nutritionists and health experts have been looking for.
The genetics of weight loss involves more precise tools for measuring one’s capacity for shedding fat through various means. Genes, behavior and diseases that cause one to pile on the pounds are the name of the game.

Researchers have suggested in a report that overweight people could be provided with weight-loss diet plans based on a person's genome, Dispatch Tribunal reports. According to researchers, overweight people could soon be provided with personalized diet and exercise plans designed on their genetic data, an approach that has been termed is as "precision weight loss."

The authors of the report noted that to make the 'precision weight loss' program a reality, there was a need for better analytical tools to establish the relationships between genetics, behavior and weight-related diseases, told the UniversityHerald.

The NY Post notes that, Here’s good news for big eaters fighting the battle of the budge — the “DNA diet’’ is on the way. By 2020, genome-specific diets could help people lose weight even if they’ve tried one plan after another with no success, researchers report in the journal Obesity. “Scientists have made huge strides in recent years connecting DNA to weight struggles, according to ¬researchers.

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