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Carbohydrate metabolism and your DNA

Posted by Athletigen on Wed, Sep 19, 2018

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Do you ever wonder why Susan and Jerry at the office can boast about eating ALL the carbs they want and still see healthy results, and yet some people (yourself, perhaps?) complain about packing on the pounds after one bite of bread or a doughnut? Okay, it’s probably an exaggeration, but you get the gist.   

While there are a number of potential explanations for this situation, there is one that is a huge contributor to Susan’s and Jerry’s annoying ability to never pass up on the pizza: genetics.

Did you know that people are genetically predisposed to metabolize carbohydrates differently? While some people may be able to metabolize carbs quickly, others are not as efficient in metabolizing carbs. This slower metabolism can result in an increased risk for weight gain if carbohydrate intake exceeds your body’s requirements.

Depending on your diet, energy requirements, and whether you have certain genes, your body may use the calories stored in carbohydrates very quickly or store this energy as fat tissue for future use.

Variants of the QPCTL gene have been associated with increased carbohydrate intake, causing alterations in body mass index and insulin levels. The PSMD3 gene is linked to insulin signaling and sensitivity, and it may influence how your body utilizes carbohydrates.

CarbsThrough DNA analysis, you can determine how your body is likely to react to carbs, fats, and other nutrients. This knowledge enables you to modify and tailor your diet to help you accomplish your health goals and feel better.

Athletigen’s Nutrition Report tells you how your DNA affects your body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates. The report examines over 40 nutrients, ranging from Vitamin A through minerals, and saturated fats to sugar, and is your ultimate guide to nutrigenomics.

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