F. A. Q.

WHAT IS DNA AND HOW DOES IT EFFECT MY WEIGHT?

DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid. Your DNA carries all the instructions for the structure and function of every cell in your body. Although DNA plays a major role in all life processes, we test for specific “markers” in your DNA profile that determine how you respond to different foods and physical activities. By learning which of these are best for your body, you’re likely to lose weight and keep it off more easily than with other programs. Clinical research has shown that people on a program appropriate for their genetic profiles can lose up to 76% more weight, according to a two-year randomized trial: Preventing Overweight Using Novel Dietary Strategies (Pounds Lost), Circulation 124, 563-71, 2011..

IS THERE RESEARCH THAT SUPPORTS DNA TESTING FOR WEIGHT LOSS?

Yes, quite a bit! Considering how cutting edge the field of nutrigenetics, research has proven quite a lot of information in a short amount of time, and this research is continually evolving. Please request a sample report if you would like to learn more

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM MY DNA?

The application of DNA science to health and nutrition is called nutrigenetics, the study of the relationships among genes, diet, and health outcomes. Your DNA affects the way your body processes vitamins and other nutrients, as well as macronutrients such as fats, proteins and carbs. Your genetic tendencies also affect how your body responds to exercise and can alert you to possible food intolerances. Even certain taste preferences, like favoring sweet vs. bitter-tasting foods, are coded into your DNA! There is a lot to learn about yourself when you decide to decode your DNA.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLOOD TESTS AND DNA TESTS?

Blood tests help doctors check for (diagnose) certain diseases and conditions. Blood tests also help check the function of your organs and show how well treatments are working. Blood tests are generally recommended at least yearly to monitor health. The application of DNA science to health and nutrition is called nutrigenetics, the study of the relationships among genes, diet, and health outcomes. (Nutrigenetics does not diagnose any disease or condition.) At Personalized Nutrition Concierges, use nutrigenetics to prescribe personalized dietary and activity recommendations based on your genetic predispositions.

IS MY DNA INFORMATION SECURE?

Your actual DNA results are delivered securely via a non-identifiable tracking code directly to me. I never, ever, sell or in any other way release your information unless requested by you. ( You can view my privacy policy here. ) ALL personal health information is encrypted, secured behind firewalls, and compliant with HIPAA regulations.

WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FAD DIETS?

My programs are not diets and I do not keep up with dieting fads. Instead, I use evidence based nutrition to teach clients how to make smarter food, physical activity, and lifestyle choices and live healthier lives. Unlike most ‘diet programs’, if you live in Colorado, I can accept most types of health insurance. From teaching clients the basics of nutrition, like portion sizing, meal planning, and nutrition label reading, to helping them determine the best macronutrient proportions, calorie amounts, and physical activities for their unique DNA and body composition, you will learn real life skills and changes that can help you get—and stay—healthy for a lifetime.

IS YOUR PROGRAM ONLY FOR THOSE WITH A LOT TO LOSE? HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT?

I have worked with people who only want to lose 5# to those hoping to lose over 200#. Your own personalized program duration is determined by the amount of support you need and the level of change you are making. If you are ready for change, we will work together to make it happen!

DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?

If you live in Colorado, some of your visits may be covered by insurance. I am in-network with Cigna, United Health Care, Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Anthem. I can also accept Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Federal Savings Accounts (FSAs). Please note that DNA testing, menu planning, unlimited progress visits, etc are generally not covered by insurance

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY PROGRAM ENDS?

Your health is a journey and, as we all know, health and wellness information is constantly evolving! I will be your long-term partner and most clients still schedule occasional appointmets after reaching their goals.We can book a check-up every three to 12 months for an updated BCA (if in colorado)and short consultation about your wellness and weight management concerns and questions.