Learn how your body metabolises and tolerates starch in carbohydrates through genetic profiling.
I love the fact that science is making some amazing discoveries about the body, it is truly fascinating. My latest interest is in nutrigenomics, genetic testing for personalised nutrition and treatment of patients, no more guess work.
When I did my training the science was simply not available, but now this has changed and is opening up a whole new world of the way we look at each individual when it comes to health and I am super excited about it. So about 5 mths ago I went to a seminar and I felt like yes finally this is the missing link I have been looking for in my practice. One of the gentic tests they were talking about was the Carb Choice, I decided to try this out on myself. It was a bit of an ah-ha moment when I got my results!
My variation number is a 3, very low.
Classified as lowest amylase group.
Greater risk for insulin resistance / diabetes if chronically ingesting a high starch diet.
Eightfold increased risk of obesity than 9+ CNV populations.
When I got my results it was like oh I see, now I get it. I have never been obese, but as my friends like to call me I am voluptuous! And to be perfectly honest with you , in the past have been overweight. I have never dieted thank god, so have the advantage of not stressing my body out and confusing the hell out of my metabolism.
Over the last ten years I also have the advantage of knowing a lot about nutrition and eating well. But all that being said, after I did the test I decided to follow the guide lines specific to my variation number and I started losing weight (my variation number is 3 we don’t move weight easily). I’m not sure how much as I don’t weigh myself, but can feel it, and people are commenting. Being 43 and 3 kids later as some of you will know this gets harder and harder to do!! So I started taking notice of this. I am sharing this with you as I am excited that genetics are now telling us that, yes for some of us it is harder to keep weight off, and that’s okay as having this knowledge and some education of foods that are best suited to you, it can help navigate the tricky and confusing world of weight loss and help prevent some chronic health issues.
Below is some information about Carb Choice, the test that I am now excited to be offering up to my clients.
- Confused about carbs?
- Unable to lose weight?
- Having trouble maintaining weight loss?
- Tired of fad diets?
- Diabetic or insulin resistant?
- Gluten intolerant?
Fitgenes Carb Choice gene profile can assist and will reveal whether you have:
Low Activity Starch Processing 1-4
Requires lower intake of carbohydrates. If intake too high or wrong type, greater risk of obesity which can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes.
Moderate Starch Processing 5-8
Can tolerate more grains but if intake too high or wrong type then likelihood of weight issues and related problems.
Higher Tolerance for Starch Processing 9+
Can tolerate higher starch intake from grains and other carbohydrates with less impact on insulin levels.
Less risk of obesity.
What is Carb Choice?
Fitgenes has developed Carb Choice, a personalised genetic profile report based on your AMY 1 gene which affects your personal response to starch from carbohydrates.
By understanding your Carb Choice gene profile and your body’s response, you can best manage health issues, including:
- Weight management
- Gluten intolerances
- Dental decay
How your body processes starch carbohydrates plays an important role in these and other everyday health and wellbeing issues.
Why use Carb Choice?
Making informed dietary choices isn’t always easy. Yet making the right choices is important for long term health and wellbeing and in addressing a number of key lifestyle and health issues.
Your Carb Choice program doesn’t require strict diet rules, nor any fancy products and services.
The report uses dietary and nutritional interventions and guidance based on your genetic profile.
There is more than one type of carbohydrate but do you know which are best for you?
Who should profile their AMY 1 Gene?
Anyone who wants to understand how their body metabolises and tolerates starch in carbohydrates and wants to make the best dietary choices for themselves.
What is your AMY1 gene?
AMY1 is a gene that produces the enzyme ‘amylase’. Amylase is found in our saliva and plays a major role in the digestion of starch, which is a carbohydrate found in grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Amylase begins the process of starch metabolism in the mouth. 50% of bread starch and 25% of pasta starch is broken down during the short chewing time of 19 to 27 seconds.
AMY 1 Gene Copy Number Variation
Some of us do not produce sufficient levels of amylase or produce amylase with very poor ability to break down our carbohydrates. Genetic research on amylase production and how effective it is for starch carbohydrate digestion has shown that our AMY1 Gene copy number variation indicates our genetic predisposition for starch metabolism.
Understanding your genetic predispositions means no more guesswork and personalised health plans that work for you.
How does Carb Choice work?
The Fitgenes Carb Choice genetic profile report tells you your AMY1 copy number variation enabling you to understand your personal response to starch from carbohydrates.
With this information I will design a personalised intervention plan based on modifying your diet to lower starch intake to assist in your bodys’ response to carbohydrate consumption. The program will be tailored to your personal results considering factors such as:
- How much carbohydrate you can eat per day.
- Which carbohydrates you should avoid and which ones are preferred.
- Using carbohydrates for energy.
If you read this and you are feeling yep this could help me, feel free to get in touch and we can talk some more.