TrueYou DNA – Highlights

Am I Prone to Becoming Obese?

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Knowing your genetic susceptibility helps in effective weight management.

Do you often resort to getting fast food for the whole family, after a long day of sitting at your working desk, simply because it is convenient, relatively cheap and the children seem to love it? Is it common for gadgets and television to keep your children indoors and sedentary, with minimal engagement in sports and other physical activities?

If this happens regularly enough, it increases the likelihood of your family members becoming overweight or obese. Data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) reveals that worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, with two-thirds of adults being categorised as overweight. 38 million children under the age of 5 were also categorised as overweight or obese in 2019.

Obesity is a medical condition, whereby excess body fat has accumulated to a level that negatively impacts our health. It is commonly measured using the body mass index (BMI) scale. WHO categorises an individual with a BMI between 25.0 and 30.0 to be overweight whereas a BMI greater than 30.0 is defined as obese.

Obesity isn’t just a cosmetic concern. It is a medical problem

that increases your risk of other diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, depression and ultimately a shorter life expectancy, responsible for 4.7 million premature deaths each year.

By and large, obesity is still widely thought of as a simple result of poor lifestyle choices – of excessive food intake compared to little movement and exercise. The reality is very different, whereby some people still become overweight and obese despite doing everything right, partly because of their genetic susceptibility.

Genes of Interest and Recommendations

A DNA test will cover the genes of interest for genetic obesity risk; such as FTO, MC4R, TNF, APOA2 and ADIPOQ.

Some genetic profiles are associated with a greater propensity for gaining weight. From the variant profile of the five genes, the risk of each individual’s genetic obesity can be estimated as being lower, normal or increased.

A study published by the Karolinska Institute in the Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, states that adults who carry two copies of the FTO gene variant – about 1 in 6 people – weigh on average 7 pounds more than those who do not carry the genes. People with certain differences in this FTO gene have a 20% to 30% higher chance of obesity and face a harder time managing and maintaining a healthy weight through their lifetime.

If your parents are obese, you’re more likely to be too. The University of Michigan’s research on families and obesity, reveals that children of overweight parents have an 80% chance of being similarly overweight.

However, overweight and obesity as well as their related non-communicable diseases, are largely preventable. Supportive environments and communities are fundamental in shaping people’s choices, by making the option of healthier foods and regular physical activity – the easiest choice!

We can make lifestyle choices in our individual capacity to fight the odds, starting from our diet. Minimise consumption of fat or sugar as a source of energy intake and instead, increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole food and nuts.

We can also personalise our own weight management programme so that it’s effective and sustainable. Trigen-S is an efficient fat burner which leverages on the body’s clock rhythm to burn stored fat and prevent fat accumulation. It helps to boost thermogenesis, reduce fat size and prevent long term fat accumulation.

Sensualite-S is a healthy on-the-go meal replacement with low calories, high protein & fibre. It works by stimulating the brain, neurons and digestive system to help curb cravings, suppress appetite and increase satiety, making us feel fuller for a longer period.

XENIJI contains 65 types of fruits and vegetables that have been broken down through a complete fermentation process over 1,200 days. XENIJI’s broad spectrum of bioactive micro-fine nutrients and enzyme catalyst promotes efficient nutrient absorption to boost catalytic functions so as to enhance overall metabolism for efficient energy production and utilisation, and a healthy gut system.

To complement healthier food choices, engage in physical activity and make it a priority even when life gets busy. As a guide, children are recommended to engage in at least 60 minutes of regular physical activity a day, with 150 minutes spread through the week for adults.

To complement healthier food choices, engage in physical activity and make it a priority even when life gets busy. As a guide, children are recommended to engage in at least 60 minutes of regular physical activity a day, with 150 minutes spread through the week for adults.

Health starts by knowing your genes.

Experience Sharing

Florence Ho

One of my top concerns is weight management. I always thought I was born to be fat as I have tried many ways to control my weight so far. From my TrueYou report, I found that my carbohydrate response is moderate, which means that my body can accept and digest foods like starch normally.  This means that my weight loss journey would be easier if I could control my carbs intake. I found that this is true because I joined a weight management programme last year and managed to lose weight easily by reducing my carbs intake. No doubt this is also partly due consuming Trigen-S, which helped block carbs to help maintain my weight better. It has been 6 months since reduced my carbs intake now, and I still managed to maintain my weight between 53 to 55kg, at the age of 47. 

From the report, I also found out that my body is prone to YoYo Effect, which means that unhealthy weight loss such as extreme dieting is not suitable for my body, as I will regain more weight when I start eating regularly.

Yew Mun Choong

By referring to the TrueYou report, I also found out that my metabolic rate is higher compared to others. Many people were curious why I hardly put on weight.  Now, the answer was found through my genes. I guess it may have been passed down from my grandfather’s genes.  He still managed to maintain in good shape even when he is in his 80’s.