Dietologist Dr Silvia Paskaleva on the benefits of personalised nutrition based on our DNA
Dr Silvia Paskaleva is a certified specialist in "Nutrigenomics: Genetic Testing for Personalized Nutrition" at the organisation Dietitians of Canada. She has graduated from the Medical University in Sofia with a degree in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and Healthcare Management and Marketing. She is a part of the team of Re:Gena, a Bulgarian company which specialises in personalised medicine and functional genomics. The company partners with leading international genetic laboratories and aims to help people transform their health and physical appearance in accordance with their genes.
Dr Paskaleva, what is personalised nutrition?
This is nutrition targeted to the individual that is planned personally for them at the particular moment and that fits their needs. It includes building and adapting of eating habits on the basis of family history, genetic predisposition, clinical examination and testing. It is made stage-by-stage in time, and takes in consideration the patient's goals and behaviour, emotional awareness and lifestyle.
What are its advantages to other regimes?
People who follow a personalised nutrition regime have significantly better and more lasting results in weight control and management of accompanying diseases. They feel more energetic, efficient, in high spirits, and motivated. They adapt more easily to changes in the environment.
One of the regime's main advantages is that it allows to detect and reduce the risk of developing a number of diseases linked, for example, to decreased absorption of particular vitamins, deficiency or accumulation of iron in organism, increased blood sugar levels, atypical reaction to different foods (gluten and lactose included), etc.
In what cases is such a regime recommended?
Personalised nutrition has wide application and can benefit everyone who wants to optimise the care for their health and looks. It is an opportunity to make an informed choice to reduce the dangers we are exposed to, and to improve our quality of life.
It is strongly recommended for people who systematically struggle with excess weight and those affected by a number of autoimmune and chronic diseases. There is a significant benefit for patients with family history of chronic, autoimmune and metabolic diseases who want to reduce the risk of developing problems they are genetically predisposed to.
How is a DNA-based nutrition regime prepared?
First, it is important to choose the best nutrigenetic test for the specific individual that will provide the needed information for the preparation of the most effective personalised regime. This is done on the basis of anamnesis data, family history, accompanying diseases, and the patient's goals and desires. A DNA test is performed and sent for analysis in a certified laboratory. The results are ready in 3-4 weeks and can be obtained online and on paper.
A series of consultations follows. The first is with a medical geneticist who makes a detailed analysis of the data and brings out the main accents. From there begins the work with a doctor in nutrigenomics and dietology, and if needed, with a personal trainer. The goal is to adapt the eating behaviour in several steps to the patient's genetic predisposition and to help them create new eating habits that best fit their "barcode" – because our genes are our "barcode."
What a nutrigenetic test looks like and how is it performed?
It is a scientific testing method that identifies an individual's DNA predispositions and the risks hidden in their genome. A set of alleles in particular positions on the gene, which affect metabolism, absorption, digestion, expression, taste perception and eating behaviour, are examined. The DNA sample is taken quickly, easily, without pain – a cotton tampon is used for a buccal swab. The results are valid for life.
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With the Fit Passport DNA test by Re:Gena you will have a complete picture of your nutrition and physical activity in accordance to your genes. You will understand how your organism processes the main food groups and vitamins; do you have a risk of food intolerance; how does your body react to different types of diets and exercises; what physical activity is best for you and many more.
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