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Understanding Your Genetic Makeup For Better Fitness

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Are you always hungry? Do you find yourself snacking constantly? Or if you are likely to gain weight back after dropping the kilos from your grueling exercise regime?

There’s a nutrigenomics* test available in Singapore that is able to answer these burning questions you have about yourself. Known as the Pathway Fit test, it analyses your genetic makeup to provide you with an individualised report with detailed information of a person’s behavioural and metabolic traits to help one understand how genetics and lifestyle may affect his or her diet and nutrition or what types of exercise are best suited for that particular individual.

By analysing over 75 genetic markers, the test and report helps one understand his or her body’s genetic makeup better, which in turn can help him or her establish and maintain a healthier lifestyle by choosing the right kinds of foods to eat and the most suitable exercises to do. One example would be the revelation of a person’s reaction to certain types of foods, as the test can screen for genes linked to lactose intolerance or alcohol flush. Another aspect that such a test can reveal would be the nutritional needs of a person, as genetic markers are able to indicate one’s likelihood of having lower levels of certain antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins.

This test is available at six of Parkway Shenton’s Executive Health Screeners clinics and will cost S$1,488. The price includes an initial consultation with a doctor and a review of the personalised results in three to four weeks’ time. All it takes is a saliva sample that would be sealed in a test tube and then air-flown to a laboratory in the US for analysis.

*Nutrigenomics Test

Nutrigenomics examines the link between food components and gene expression, and the Pathway Fit test is the only nutrigenomics test of its kind available at medical clinics here in Singapore. Although the field of nutrigenomics is still relatively new here and around the world, it is gradually becoming mainstream, with large insurance companies in the US starting to support clinical trials of such nature.

 

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