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I am Mariette Abrahams MBA RD, a nutrition consultant and registered Dietitian nutritionist who is passionate about moving healthcare into the precision and prevention age, by helping companies and practitioners to understand developments in the area of nutritional genomics & personalized nutrition. I am currently open to joint venture and consulting opportunities.
Who is most interested in Personalized Nutrition?
Providing a DNA-based personalised nutrition service is still new, although consumers are increasingly interested. So on my drive to my practice this morning I was thinking about my experience over the last 3 years about who is more likely to enquire or buy a PN product. Here is my shortlist; (Warning, this is from personal experience not a research report)
Individuals who have tried various diets tend to be more motivated
I have seen that individuals who have tried “everything under the sun”, tend to enjoy understanding their genetic make up and set more realistic goals
Individuals who have a strong interest in health & science
These are individuals who are not necessarily interested in lifestyle or behaviour change, but like to keep up to date with the latest scientific developments of which genomics is one.
Individuals with a strong family history of chronic diseases
This has also been found in the literature, that individuals who have a strong predisposition and/or asymptomatic tend to be interested in PN services
Individuals who like to track food and activity
Individuals who like to understand their bodies and like to understand how they can optimise health to prevent diseases are more likely to be interested and excited to learn about PN services
Of course there are other reasons why individuals are interested as well, but this has been my experience so far. Although, the field is evolving rapidly, we are learning more how we can translate the science into clinical application. To find out more about my experience and insights, contact me here
This issue is a little research heavy because as usual, there is plenty of news, read it all below, Enjoy!:
Differences in Weight Loss Between Persons on Standard Balanced vs Nutrigenetic Diets in a Randomized Controlled Trial.
The Impact of the Bellagio Report on Healthy Agriculture, Healthy Nutrition, Healthy People: Scientific and Policy Aspects and the International Network of Centers for Genetics, Nutrition and Fitness for Health.
Effect of the Mediterranean Diet on the Lipid-Lipoprotein Profile: Is It Influenced by the Family History of Dyslipidemia?
FTO gene variation, macronutrient intake and coronary heart disease risk: a gene-diet interaction analysis.
CETP genotype and changes in lipid levels in response to weight-loss diet intervention in the POUNDS LOST and DIRECT randomized trials.
The rs340874 PROX1 type 2 diabetes mellitus risk variant is associated with visceral fat accumulation and alterations in postprandial glucose and lipid metabolism
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms in one-carbon metabolism genes, Mediterranean diet and breast cancer risk: a case–control study in the Greek-Cypriot female population
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I know this is not a new resource, but I just recently listened to this Food4me podcast which is really relevant for practitioners. The final report will be out soon.
Legal challenges of personalised nutrition offerrings – Food4me.org 2014
Global weight Management Congress – 7-9th May 2015 Brisbane (Australia)
Mariëtte Abrahams MBA RD is a registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Business consultant. She has gained over 15 years experience in the clinical nutrition and Medical Nutrition industry. She currently consults with businesses in the Biotechnology, functional food and PR industry to use developments in Nutritional Genomics and personalized nutrition to build and develop brands by providing technical expertise, digital services and strategic support. Mariette has a unique skill combination of expert nutrition knowledge as well as business acumen. She is the author of “Practical Nutrigenomics- a guide to setting up your personalized nutrition service” written for health & wellness professionals as well as the developer and presenter of the BDA accredited Nutritional Genomics for nutrition professionals webinar series. Mariëtte is also a media spokesperson for the British Dietetics Association. For more details on our services or to discuss your project contact us by clicking here.
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