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COMT Gene and Personality Traits

February 23, 2016
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

It provides instructions for making an enzyme called catechol-O-methyltransferase. In the brain, catechol-O-methyltransferase helps break down certain neurotransmitters – chemical messengers that conduct signals from one nerve cell to another. It is is particularly important in an area at the front of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which organizes and coordinates information from other parts of the brain. This region is involved with personality, planning, inhibition of behaviors, abstract thinking, emotion, and working (short-term) memory. To function efficiently, the prefrontal cortex requires signaling by neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine. Catechol-O-methyltransferase helps maintain appropriate levels of these neurotransmitters in this part of the brain.

(Ref: https://livewello.com/health-reports/comt-gene-and-personality-traits)

Genetic based dieting will lead to weight control in the near future

February 23, 2016
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

Research teams hopes doctors will be prescribing individualized diet plans in the next few years.  A group of scientist looking at data from a new study has them predicting within five years, physicians will be developing and designing diets for individuals based on their genetic make-up.

The researchers at the University of Texas say they believe to better understand the relationship between weight and genetics, better analytical tools will need to be designed and they expect that to happen during that time frame.

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Will The ‘DNA Diet’ Be The Future Of Weight Loss?

February 23, 2016
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

What if your doctor could create a perfect diet, one based on your DNA, in order to help you lose weight? While it may sound like a concept from the future, scientists say a diet customized just for you might actually be something your doctor can help you with in the next five years. These genome-specific diets could be the answer for people trying to shed pounds where previous diets have failed. In a new study, which once again confirms the connection between genetics and obesity, researchers analyzed genetic tests, research on weight fluctuations and genomic research to try and find a correlation between the two.

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