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  • Nutritional Status

Nutrigenomics in Clinical Practice: Genes, Food and Specialty Diagnostics

March 23, 2016


The human genome is comprised of approximately 3 billion base pairs of DNA. Many people mistakenly assume that the presence of a certain gene or single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) means they are destined to experience the associated disease. However, most genes have flexible expressions and complex interactions among multiple genes and the environment affect gene expression.

These interactions - known as epigenetic influences - include diet, chemical exposure, stress response, and the presence of other SNPs. A specialty diagnostic panel, which assays functional nutritional status, along with genetic SNPs, such as MTHFR, COMT, APOE, and TNF-a, aids the clinician in personalizing diet, lifestyle, and supplementation recommendations to positively impact physical and biochemical function

This presentation will focus on the understanding of genetic predispositions and personalized nutritional needs.

Learning Objectives
  • Develop a general understanding of nutrigenomics
  • How to combine the basics of genetics with nutrition
  • Apply nutrigenomics through various examples
  • Learn about specialty lab testing for specific SNPs