Human DNA consists of a double helix with paired building blocks called nucleotides arranged like the rungs of a ladder. These are Adenine, Thymine, Guanine, and Cytosine. DNA is the blueprint for every aspect of the body, and we have 5 billion base pairs. Only 35,000 are used.
A variation in a single building block that occurs in over 1% of the population is called an SNP. If a variation occurs in less than 1% of the population, it is called a mutation.
The SNPs that code for enzymes essential for metabolism are the ones used in a medical evaluation. A gene SNP can have two normal nucleotides, one abnormal or two abnormal. The effect would be a reduction in the enzyme activity to a lesser extent if one is abnormal, and a greater extent if two are abnormal. This creates a potential weakness in metabolism in that individual, especially if they are stressed.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors for heart disease consisting of high blood pressure, excess fat around the waist, high blood sugar (insulin resistance), and abnormal cholesterol levels. More than 3 million cases a year occur in the U.S., and it is the #1 cause of death in the U.S..
Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. It is preventable and even reversible through diet, lifestyle changes, and supplements. Genetic supplementation can play a significant role in reversing this syndrome leading to heart disease.
Yes, absolutely! Weight loss happens naturally when the body is brought back into balance.
We have an obesity epidemic in the U.S. Almost 70% of Americans are overweight. 1 in 2 Americans suffer from diabesity: obesity combined with the range of insulin resistance and pre-diabetes to full-blown adult-onset diabetes. 1 in 3 children is overweight. One-quarter of thin people are skinny fat, meaning they may look thin, but they are fat on the inside with low muscle mass, inflammation, and osteoporosis.