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Todays Tip by Dr. Sears

Posted July 31st, 2010 in Babies by admin
Today’s Tip: HOW FOOD TALKS TO THE GENES

An exciting new test is coming soon to your doctor’s office! Suppose you have a new baby. At birth a sample of cord blood will be analyzed for your child’s “quirks,” or genetic tendencies toward common diseases: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and so on. Included in this test will be a printout of which foods increase this risk. Your doctor may then say, “Billy carries a genetic tendency toward insulin-resistant diabetes, so he absolutely should not drink soda.”

This fast-growing field is called nutrigenetics (or nutragenomics), and it focuses on how food “talks” to the genes. New discoveries show that if a certain genetic tendency is present, say, for diabetes, some foods “turn on” this gene, and the child eventually gets diabetes. Other foods can “turn off” the gene. While you can’t change your child’s genes, you can control the on/off switch by controlling how and what your child eats.

Information from Ask Dr. Sears.com

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