• Macronutrients and Your Genetics

    Macronutrients make up the bulk of our diets and are vital to our survival. You probably know them by their more common names: protein, fats, carbohydrates (carbs), fiber and water. However, when we talk about diets, we only look at protein, fat and carbs. That’s because these three macronutrients provide the calories that fuel us and make us overweight when eaten in excess. Proteins and carbs contribute 4 calories per gram while fats provide more than twice that at 9 calories per gram.…


  • Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes

    About 23 percent of adults are affected by metabolic syndrome, a serious health condition that places people at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). TrueFit for Me can help you determine if you’re in that undesirable percentage. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of metabolic disorders. The chances for developing cardiovascular disease increases when multiple disorders are present. Metabolic syndrome occurs when a person has …


  • Thrifty Gene Hypothesis

    A slew of scientific words may pop to mind when talking about genes. Chances are, though, that “thrifty” isn’t usually among them – unless you’re a geneticist. The Thrifty Gene Hypothesis supposes that the high prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and obesity is a consequence of genetic variants that have undergone positive selection during historical periods of erratic food supply, according to a paper published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).…


  • The Framingham Heart Study

    You never may have heard of Framingham, Mass., a town of fewer than 70,000 people outside of Boston. But chances are you’ve heard about findings from the study of Framingham residents’ health. You definitely have heard this: Obesity is a risk factor for heart failure, and high levels of HDL cholesterol are found to reduce risk of death. Those are just two of the many landmark findings from the Framingham Heart Study, which began in 1948 by the National Heart Institute – now the National Heart, L…


  • The Speed Gene

    You may have more in common with Olympic athletes than you think. Sure, you may not have that six-pack a certain gold-medalist swimmer or track star has, but you both may possess the a-Actinin-3 gene (ACTN3), or speed gene. If you think of the gene as an on or off switch, some of us have it switched on, others don’t – and those whose genetic switches are in that “on” position might have greater proclivity toward athleticism.…


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