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Genes to Decide What Diet Suits You Best

Soon, genetic testing may identify what diet you should consume for a longer, healthier life

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Soon, genetic testing may identify what diet you should consume for a longer, healthier life.

Researchers have identified a group of genes that allow an organism to adapt to different diets and show that without them, even minor tweaks to diet can cause premature aging and death.

“The studies have revealed that single gene mutations can alter the ability of an organism to utilise a specific diet. This could explain why certain diets work for some but not others,” explained Sean Curran, assistant professor at University of Southern California (USC).

In the age of commercial gene sequencing, people might be able to identify which diet would work best for them through a simple blood test, added Shanshan Pang from USC.

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They studied caenorhabditis elegans – a one-milimetre-long worm that scientists have used as a model organism for years.

Curran and Pang identified a gene called ‘alh-6’ which delayed the effects of aging depending on what type of diet the worm was fed by protecting it against diet-induced mitochondrial defects.

“What we have learned in the worm could translate to a better understanding of the factors that alter diet success in humans,” Curran said in the study appeared in the journal Cell Metabolism.

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Finding a genetic basis for an organism’s dietary needs suggests that different individuals may be genetically predisposed to thrive on different diets.

This could be the start of personalised dieting based on an individual’s genetic makeup, Curran stressed. (IANS)

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Embark On Crash Weight-Reduction Plan Wisely

A slow and steady weight loss plan is always a good idea, but losing weight too fast means putting your health at a risk which can lead to severe issues. So, be wise about undertaking excessive exercising or going for a crash diet.

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Body Positivity is not only about feeling good about our own body type but also appreciating other body types as well. Pixabay

A slow and steady weight loss plan is always a good idea, but losing weight too fast means putting your health at a risk which can lead to severe issues. So, be wise about undertaking excessive exercising or going for a crash diet.

Pooja Chaudhary, wellness consultant, Healthians, an online diagnostic center that offers at-home services, lists down the common factors to take care of during a weight loss regime:

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* Losing weight around 0.45 kg-0.9 kg per week is a safe bet. But losing more than that can be considered as rapid weight loss which can have an impact on the health.

* At the start of exercise plan or diet plan, people witness a sudden weight loss of 2-3 kg. This is actually the water weight.

*Angeli Misra, Co-founder of Lifeline Laboratory, lists down a few side effects of losing weight too fast:

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The study showed that when we lose weight, the stomach releases greater amounts of the ghrelin hormone, which makes us feel hungry. Pixabay

 

* It could damage your liver: Alcohol is not the only factor that puts you at a risk of developing a fatty liver. Sometimes following a surgery to reduce weight can also affect your liver.

* Loose skin: Rapid weight loss leads to loose skin as skin loses elasticity.

* It may slow down your metabolism: Excess of everything is bad. Excessive exercises and crash dieting can slow down your metabolism as you easily and soon get tired. Due to that your body works slow and you feel a sense of fatigue.

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* Other side effects: Losing weight fast by doing excessive exercise, swimming and crash diet may be linked to several other side effects like hunger, fatigue, irritability, muscle cramps, dizziness, constipation or diarrhea. (IANS)

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