What is Nutrigenomics?
As the study of nutrition evolves, the relationship between our genetic makeup, health and nutrition is increasingly important. The fact that some people suffer from a specific food allergy while others do not has long troubled nutritionists. Peanut allergies and lactose intolerance, for example, routinely plague some people while even close family members do not react to those items. Nutrigenomics examines the complex relationships between our genes and the foods making up our diets.
In the past, nutritionists determined which elements were needed to sustain good health. Their recommendations appeared everywhere, suggesting that everyone benefited equally from eating the same foods. However, Nutritional Genomics demonstrates that individuals react differently to specific foods. By carefully analyzing genetic information, Nutrigenomix, Inc. provides nutritionists with information they need to develop a personalized nutritional plan based on each person's DNA makeup. With proper nutritional information, dietary issues like allergies can be put into their proper perspective, allowing each person to make beneficial food choices.
Who is Nutrigenomix Inc. ?
Nutrigenomix Inc. is a University of Toronto startup biotechnology company that is dedicated to empowering registered dietitians and their clients with comprehensive, reliable, genomic information with the ultimate goal of improving health through personalized nutrition. Nutrigenomix is backed by over 10 years of evidence-based research. It’s based on studies that have been published in some of the top peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of the American Medical Association. It has an International Scientific Advisory Board made up of nutrigenomics and nutrition professors and scientists from around the world. The chair of the board is Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy, Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.
How is the testing done?
- An initial assessment: 10-15 minute appointment with Kathleen McClinton, Dietitian to collect your saliva sample and answer any questions
- A Personalized Nutrition Report: a comprehensive booklet of your unique genetic profile analysis, sent directly to your Dietitian Kathleen within 2-4 weeks.
- A follow-up consultation: 30-45 minute appointment with Kathleen, Dietitian to review and explain your genetic profile for the 7 genes
- Basic dietary recommendations made by Kathleen that fit your genetic profile best
There are 7 nutrient-gene interaction panels tested:
- Vitamin C-GSTT1 Gene: risk of vitamin c deficiency with low intake; related to the risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes
- Folate-MTHFR Gene: risk of folate deficiency with low intake; related to the risk of heart disease, stroke and giving birth to a child with birth defects
- Whole Grains-TCF7L2 Gene: risk of Type 2 Diabetes with low whole grains intake
- Omega 3 Fat-NOS3 Gene: risk of hight triglyceride levels with low omega-3 intake; related to the risk of heart disease
- Saturated Fats-APOA2 Gene: risk of obesity/high BMI with high saturated fat intake
- Sodium-ACE Gene: risk of high blood pressure with high sodium intake; related to risk of chronic hypertension and heart attack
- Caffeine-CYP1A2 Gene: risk of high blood pressure and heart attack with high caffeine consumption
Who pays and is it covered?
Many employee and private health plans cover the services of a dietitian and some might cover the cost of the Nutrigenomix testing. It depends on the health insurance company and the plan. Two sessions are required which includes the initial appointment and follow up. Please contact us for more information.
Frequently asked questions:
Can my test results be bad?
Results that lead to making better food choices are not bad. While the tests should not be used to diagnose a health problem or determine a pre-disposition to any disease, they do provide valuable information. Using the data from the tests, dietitians can create unique profiles needed to improve a person's diet choices.
How long will I need to follow the dietitian's advice?
Test results should be used to create a long-term plan rather than be viewed as a short term solution. The DNA information, combined with expert nutritional counseling, allows individuals to make sound food and beverage choices throughout their lives.
Can I be tested without consulting a dietitian?
No. A trained dietitian must be part of the equation to achieve the best results from the genetic testing. A dietitian will explain the results and demonstrate how those results can be applied to your daily eating habits. Your results are unique, meaning that recommendations must be tailored to your specific dietary requirements.
Who will have access to my genetic test results?
The results are confidential. Only your dietitian can access your Nutrigenomix Inc. test results. Each DNA kit contains a bar code to identify the test subject, and all information is sent using a secure encryption server.
What will happen to my DNA sample?
Samples are stored in a secure facility, with labeling that includes only your personalized barcode.
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