People today have become extremely health-conscious. With the increasing prevalence of heart disease, various cancers, and illusions of grandeur, it is safe to say that a large chunk of people watch what they eat. Some people select a particular diet because they want to lose weight, while others select a specific diet because they may have a medical disorder, such as diabetes or hypertension.
As everyone knows, there are dozens of diets out there. Some work, some do not, and some are just too weird to even try (seriously, who eats cotton balls drenched in juice?). Well, you can add a DNA diet to the list.
Recently, a diet based on DNA has been introduced into the marketplace. That’s right. Skip the veganism, ditch your keto, and forget about heading to the Mediterranean! You can diet, shed pounds, and feel great by concentrating on your deoxyribonucleic acid.
Interested? Here are seven facts you need to know a diet based on DNA:
1. Who Came Up with Another Diet Idea?
The diet was introduced by the company Digital Wellness and is based on the premise that there should be an individualized diet plan for everyone based on their DNA.
2. Enter a Web Portal
To enroll with the DNA diet plan, you first need to go to the website and complete a form and provide relevant health information
3. Buy a Kit
You then need to buy a kit which will test your DNA for any disease, like cancer, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes. When you get the kit, it comes with a vial in which you send your saliva back to the company. The cost of this kit varies from $99-$199.
4. Biding Your Time
You get the DNA results in about roughly seven to 21 days. The company will send you a report of what you may be at risk for in the future. You have the option of declining this information. For example, the test can detect the presence of celiac disease and recommend that you should go on a gluten-free diet. Or the test may reveal that you are lactose intolerant and thus you may have to omit lactose from your diet.
5. To Be or Not to Be
It is important for the consumer to understand that just because the DNA test shows that you are at risk for a particular illness, that doesn’t mean you will develop the disease. At the moment, there is no test that can predict with 100 percent certainty what disease(s) a human will develop in the future.
6. Do You Have the BRCA Gene?
One of the benefits of this DNA test is that it may identify the presence of the BRCA gene, which is known to increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. If this comes up in your results, you may need regular monitoring of your body. You can also undergo surgery to remove the ovaries and breast so that you do not develop cancer in the future.
7. Questioning Your Future
This test may affect your plans to have children. For example, if the test shows that you carry the gene for hearing loss or sickle cell anemia, you may think twice about having children or going too much to the opera (there is no need to spend every night of the week listening to Richard Wagner and having the urge to conquer Poland).
Considering half the country is overweight or obese, it is imperative to start tackling our health issues.
Before you get carried away with this diet, it is important to know that these DNA kits are not 100 percent sensitive and do not detect many health disorders. There are hundreds of genetic variations in a population, and these kits may miss a significant number of them.
An area of concern related to this diet is related to access to a consumer’s genetic data. Some might worry about the security of this data, how it might be misused, or the risk of it being shared with outside sources. There are multiple worries about the DNA industry lately, especially with security infiltrations and data hacking, but the marketplace is doing an adequate job in quashing these fears.
Theoretically speaking, the concept of a DNA diet makes sense, but like all other diets, there are no guarantees. If you go on a diet based on your DNA results, there is no guarantee that you will or will not develop a certain illness. To be on the safe side, all consumers who are worried about their health should eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, avoid smoking, and limit the intake of alcohol. Adoption of these lifestyle measures alone has a higher probability of preventing disease than any DNA-based diet.