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My name is Mariette Abrahams, nutrition consultant, registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of Mariette Abrahams Consulting. To learn more about me, click here
Down at HQ
The temperature is cooling down and the days are getting shorter, but here in the med we are still wearing shorts and T-shirts, and may it last a little longer!
As always, things are busy and I´m thrilled to report that I have been asked by the Nutrition Society in the UK, to lead webinars on Nutritional genomics from early next year.
Other exciting news to follow in the next few weeks, but for now, let´s get busy with this weeks´issue! High protein diets for Diabetics?, new research in nutritional genomics, my personal metabolomics experiment, is the digital health market reaching maturity? and is red spinach the new beetroot? All the news and reviews below.
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In the Headlines
The one story hitting the headlines this week has been the POUNDS lost trial looking at metabolic changes and Vit D genetic variants. In this study researchers analysed whether diets high in fat or protein interact with genetic variants that are involved in vitamin D metabolism. The gene SNP´s included DHCR7,CYP2R1 and GC. The study showed that there was no significant interaction between Vitamin D genetic variants and protein or fat on weight loss. However there was a significant interaction between DHCR7 and insulin with the T-allele leading to greater reduction in insulin when individuals were on a high protein diet. Whilst in the media it appeared as if ALL type 2 diabetics would benefit from a high protein diet for weight loss and to improve insulin resistance, the authors concluded clearly that only those carrying T-allele might benefit more from a high protein diet with regards to reducing insulin levels. To read the study click here
The Next Generation of Dietitians: Implementing Dietetics Education and Practice in Integrative Medicine.
The MTHFR C677T Polymorphism Is Related to Plasma Concentration of Oxidized Low-Density Lipoprotein in Adolescents with Cardiovascular Risk Factors.
Interaction between FOXO1A-209 Genotype and Tea Drinking is Significantly Associated with Reduced Mortality at Advanced Ages.
A Single Meal Containing Raw, Crushed Garlic Influences Expression of Immunity- and Cancer-Related Genes in Whole Blood of Humans
Associations of gestational glycemia and prepregnancy adiposity with offspring growth and adiposity in an Asian population
Multigenerational epigenetic inheritance in humans: DNA methylation changes associated with maternal exposure to lead can be transmitted to the grandchildren
Nutraceutical industry experiencing strong growth due to??? Yes guessed it the increased interest in personalized nutrition
I mentioned this new start up that developed a table top machine to mix up a personalized supplement according to tracker data a few weeks ago, but looks like it was way too early to launch.
My Metabolomics experiment
So being a nosy person and an early adopter to new technologies, I decided to join Kenkodo´s betaphase for their metabolomics product. Essentially you take a dried blood spot every week for 13 weeks and they will analyse the metabolites in your blood whilst you simultaneously track your diet and lifestyle. You only send in the first samples after a month, so my results should be due around the middle of November.
I think the area is particularly exciting as we can see and track how individuals respond to different diets and lifestyle changes. If we also take into account nutrigenetic data and all the other traditional parameters, I can just see that dietary and lifestyle advice will go to a whole new level. Less guesswork and less story telling in diet histories. There is still much to learn about the area, but knowing my own genetics, I´m very curious to see what my levels show.
To read more about Kenkodo´s betaphase, click here
Let´s meet in Person at Food Matters Live Conference
17-19 November 2015 London. I am speaking as part of the Future nutrition seminar
About Mariëtte Abrahams
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, training 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 personalised 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.
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