Designer Diets

Researchers at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine are studying the theory that nutrition and exercise can be affected by a person’s genetic makeup…The Studies question long-held beliefs about food selection and weight loss. For example, could 1,000 calories of turkey cause more weight gain in some people than 1,000 calories in cashews? If so, could a person lose weight through food selection without cutting calories?

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  1. Devon Herrick says:

    I watched a show on PBS, hosted by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, that claimed precisely that.

  2. Sarah Onach says:

    Isn’t that also the claim supporting hypoglycemic diets, or some such thing–e.g., eating the proper carbs for a given amount of protein?

  3. Buster says:

    I’ve been told that our bodies do not store protein as easily as they store carbohydrates. The theory is that carbohydrates are stored as fat while excess protein is eliminated. This is part of the theory behind high protein diets.

  4. Brian says:

    Are you kidding? They are just now studying this?

    I mean, I’m sure other groups have looked into this, but still, this has got to be the most overdue area of needed research out there on the subject of dieting.

    The bottom line is, people are different. The diet that works for one group of people, doesn’t work for another.

    Also, and I don’t know enough about medical science to comment in detail on his claims, Peter D’Adamo (in his book called “Eat Right for Your Type” ) claims that blood types should govern how people diet and eat in general.

  5. John R. Graham says:

    This kind of research shows great potential. However, the government has completely messed it up by passing the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) in 2008. It forbids health insurers from using such information for underwriting purposes.

    However, providers and patients will be able to use genetic tests for whatever purpose. If Obamacare persists, and millions of people lose group coverage and go into Health Benefit Exchanges, they will have an incentive to pick up and drop coverage depending on genetic information that they have but insurers in the exchanges do not.

    A twelve-month open enrolment period to reduce selection bias within the exchange will be of increasingly little use. In the future, genetic tests will likely be able to tell us the year in which we’ll suffer a debilitating ailment!

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