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3438 Posted 269 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

How can we tell you about your DNA from one little swab?

The 20,000+ genes that make up your genome hold countless clues to understanding the fundamental processes of human life. Ever since the completion of the Human Genome Project, our knowledge of how we are made has developed at an unprecedented rate. In our case, it opened a new realm of information about your individual fitness and nutrition needs, easily accessible from one little mouth swab.

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3435 Posted 822 Days Ago in: Genetics, Industry News

The DNAFit 10-Point Personal Genetics Code of Practice

Since DNAFit began in early 2013, the public understanding and appetite for personal genetic information, especially that which focuses specifically on fitness and nutrition markers, has grown exponentially. This consumer growth is mirrored in the ever-growing number of companies offering such services to the direct consumer, we’ve found at least 19 different companies offering products that report on genetic information related to sporting or fitness performance.

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3432 Posted 292 Days Ago in: Genetics

Can genes affect your taste?

We all have people who we know: friends, family, acquaintances, and work colleagues who all have distinctly different tastes when it comes to food. Some like it hot, while others…not so much. Others devour sugary treats in the blink of an eye, and without flinching, while other people wince at the sight of a rich quadruple chocolate dessert; politely declining the offer. The list goes on, but other than getting a “taste” for certain foods, are there other factors at play?

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3392 Posted 409 Days Ago in: Training

Best Christmas Gifts For The Friend Who's Really Into Fitness

Still trying to find a perfect gift for that friend who is really into exercise? Don’t worry, at DNAFit we specialise in this sort of thing, so take a look at five quick gift ideas for the fitness fanatic in your life that’ll be sure to go down well:

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3391 Posted 411 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

Am I Normal? A review of over 17,000 DNAFit Results

When running customers through their DNAFit reports, a common question I am asked is “Are my results normal?” This is a tough question to answer, because it’s hard to define what normal actually is. For all the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) we test for, each individual genotype is quite common; the least common genotype occurs in about one in twenty people, which means that in the UK over three million people who have that specific version.

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3377 Posted 448 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Gene in Focus: Part 26: FABP2

This week we turn our attention to FABP2, a gene that appears in both the carbohydrate and saturated fat parts of our reports. This gene creates a protein called Fatty Acid Binding Protein-2, which is found in our small intestines. FABP2 binds to the various different fatty acids, and allows them to be absorbed into the body.

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3373 Posted 458 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

The Guide To Training Over 40: What Happens To Your Body When You Get Older?

There are pros and cons as you get older, and a little more decline if you’re into training, but there are also interventions that you can make to adapt to changes and maintain a lifestyle of efficiency long into what is perceived as old age. First, we’ll take you through the changes that occur when you get older:

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3341 Posted 529 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Professional athletes and stress- how do they cope?

Everyone around the world is getting sport fever. The Olympics are back! Here at DNAFit we’ve done a little investigation into what role stress plays in athletic performance during the Olympics, and how the world’s top athletes deal with pressure to still go for the gold in their quest to be the best. We’ve drawn from a variety of theories to paint you a comprehensive picture of the complicated relationship between athletic performance and stress and the different ways in which it manifests.

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3326 Posted 572 Days Ago in: Genetics

Dieting - There Is More Than One Way

At the end of last year a study was conducted on people by Eran Segal and Eran Elinav of the Weizmann Institute of Science that confirmed what we at DNAFit already know; there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dieting and weight loss.

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3321 Posted 587 Days Ago in: Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 7: LCT

This week we are going to be looking at a gene that affects how well we can tolerate lactose. Roughly 65% of the world’s population lose the ability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk, after weaning. From an evolutionary perspective, this makes sense – humans typically need to digest milk when they are babies because their main source of nutrition is breast milk; however, once the child has stopped breast feeding, historically there was no need for them to continue to digest lactose, because milk wasn’t readily available. However, as humans migrated out of Africa into Asia, and eventually into Europe, a small polymorphism occurred which enabled some of them to continue to digest lactose into adulthood.

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3320 Posted 592 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

6 Health Myths vs Reality

Do you ever occasionally feel as though everything that you’re told is an intricate system of lies and truths that whirl around in a spiral of fact and fiction, accepted and rejected? If your answer is no then surely you’re in on the cosmic joke. More often than not we find fads and what exactly is socially acceptable at the time moving in and out of popularity in the public sphere and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

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3318 Posted 598 Days Ago in: Training

10 habits to help you avoid overeating

Overeating is one of the main causes of depression and feelings of lethargy in humans today, which is never a good thing as it seems as though the rest of the world is geared towards staying fit and healthy. But when food is so tasty and excites the senses as your chewing and digesting it, how is it possible to stop from going from enjoying it to essentially becoming a glutton? Well, we’ve got a few tips for you that are actually very easy to follow. None of these crash courses that you feel overwhelmed by and are daunting to read. No, simply a few alterations to make during meal times to put the power back into your eating habits. See, you’re feeling better already!

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3310 Posted 616 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Industry News

A genetic based algorithm for personalized resistance training

The idea behind the research was to validate the algorithm DNAFit use to determine the best type of training for each person. We all know intuitively that we respond different to the same training; if you’ve ever had a training partner I’m sure its fair to say that you both did not see exactly the same improvements. The difference in improvements between individuals is partly genetic, and research in recent years has focused on identifying genes that can play a role in training response.

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3307 Posted 623 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 3: ACTN3

The next gene we are going to discuss in the focus series is ACTN3. It’s one of the most well studied genes with regards to sporting performance. ACTN3 codes for a protein that is found exclusively in the fastest kind of muscle fibres, type IIx, called a-actinin-3. Fast twitch muscle fibers can contract quickly and powerfully, and as such are linked to sprinting or weightlifting. Generally, people who are quick or strong will have plenty of type-IIx muscle fibers, whilst people who are better at long distance running will have more type-I muscle fibers (often called slow twitch muscle fibers).

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3305 Posted 628 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

The DNAFit Blog Guide to Diet Types- Part 3: Low Fat Diet

For many years a diet that was low in fat was recommended as the perfect way to stay slim and maintain a healthy heart. Recently there has been a cultural move towards increasing healthy fats and cutting carbs but for many people their DNA may be better suited to keeping dietary fat low.

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3304 Posted 629 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene In Focus - Part 2: COL5A1

The next gene in this series is another one that appears in two separate sections – COL5A1. This gene can have an effect on endurance performance and also injury risk; but the allele that increases injury risk also improves endurance performance; one of nature’s cruel jokes.

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3302 Posted 635 Days Ago in: Genetics

Micronutrients -What do they do?

We all need vital vitamins and minerals. But for some people, differences in their DNA means they are less able to absorb or use specific micronutrients. If that’s you, the good news is that by changing your diet, you can boost your levels, stay healthy and protect yourself from deficiency and disease.

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3301 Posted 637 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 1: ACE

As part of a new series on the DNAFit blog, we are going to look at a specific gene in detail, see what the science says about it, and how it can affect you with regards to fitness and diet. The first gene to be put under the microscope in our series is ACE, or the angiotensin-converting enzyme gene. Did you know that knowing your ACE genotype can empower you to make better decisions regarding your training and also your diet?

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3297 Posted 643 Days Ago in: Genetics

The beginner's guide to Nutrigenetics

The new and developing science of Nutrigenetics aims to identify genetic susceptibility to diseases and the ways in which very small difference in our genes can alter the effects that nutrient intake has on the body. By understanding and analysing these variations, specific dietary and disease prevention advice can be given based on personal genetic makeup.

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3295 Posted 649 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Cortisol, stress and exercise

Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is released into the bloodstream by the adrenal glands in a natural rhythm with our body’s sleep cycle. It peaks in the early morning helping us bounce out of bed and gradually falls, reaching a trough at 3 or 4 am when we should be soundly asleep.

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