August 7, 2015
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 1 billion adults and 42 million children are either overweight or obese. As they tell it, this leads to nearly 3 million deaths each year as a result of chronic health conditions like diabetes and heart disease: obesity is a significant public health concern reaching epidemic proportion, especially in the United States.
There’s a company here in San Diego, Pathway Genomics, which wants to help empower physicians and their patients to take ultimate control of their health and wellness. However, for a lot of people reigning in their health and weight isn’t incredibly easy.
The solution to this problem then is in genomics, hence their company name. If you’re unfamiliar, which I was until Wikipedia came to the rescue, genomics is a discipline in genetics that applies recombinant DNA, DNA sequencing methods, and bioinformatics to sequence, assemble, and analyze the function and structure of genomes.
It’s a pretty detailed process that actually shows the complete set of DNA within one cell of an entire organism. Pathway launched their Pathway Fit test to analyze over 75 genetic markers in the human body that are known to impact metabolism, exercise, and energy consumption.
The test is essentially a personalized nutrigenomic profile that provides individualized information to physicians and their patients in order to help them understand precisely how genetics and lifestyle may impact their diet, nutrition, and exercise.
“Genetic testing is taking medical nutrition therapy to a new level where we can individualize lifestyle interventions to optimize outcomes based on a better understanding of what works and what does not, advancing precision medicine in this field,” says Dr. Osama Hamdy, Medical Director of the Obesity Clinical Program at Joslin Diabetes Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
It’s pretty simple to use: you order the test, spit into it when it arrives, and mail it back to Pathway. The results of the test are sent directly to the partner app for iOS within two weeks, which makes life incredibly easy for everybody involved.
“Pathway Fit was developed with the global obesity issue in mind as a way to help individuals combat the disease,” says Ardy Arianpour, CCO of Pathway Genomics. “We believe in giving patients the tools to optimize their mental and physical performance in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle.”
Truthfully, Pathway Genomics could open major doors for people who need help. According to the team, people on a genetically appropriate diet can lose significantly more weight compared to those on a diet not based on genetics. The hardest part about getting weight and health under control is the first step, and if Pathway Genomics can help people put their best foot forward I would consider that a huge win.
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