Obesity is currently one of the biggest problems in the United States, with more than 75 million adults considered as obese. Obesity also increases the risk of preventable deaths from type 2 diabetes, a number of cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.
While many people are trying to lose the extra pounds through exercising and dieting, only a few succeed. The failure may be attributed to different factors, and genes may be one of them.
An article published in KHOU.com last Tuesday, September 23, 2014, narrated the story of Jeremy Schwartz who had already tried all techniques of losing weight, especially after he needed an immediate quadruple bypass surgery. However, he easily lost his motivation, and once he stopped, he also could not see any progress.
He then approached a genetics company called Simplified Genetics, which used his DNA to determine his diet and exercise profile. Ever since the results came out, he already lost 15 pounds within 14 days. Moreover, he attributes his "smarter" approach to weight loss to the company. Today he needed only 35 minutes of high-intensity training and long-distance walks for 2 times a week. His DNA results also suggested what supplements he should take to avoid deficiency and the proper balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat in his diet.
According to co-founder Kurt Johnsen, DNA and genes makes a perfect roadmap for any person since they don't change.
The individual doesn't have to go to the lab for testing. Using a Q-tip, he or she can gather DNA samples on the inside cheeks then send the swab to the laboratory located in Louisiana State University. The results of the test, which costs $500, will be released within 3 weeks.
Johnsen stresses they're extremely careful with the way they analyze the DNA. If they don't match or add up together, they start the process once again.
Despite the promise of genetic testing to weight loss, Baylor Dallas genetic counselor Ann Simmons recommends pursuing it with caution.