By Liane Wansrough, CNP


The holidays always seem like an excuse to splurge – but do you feel like you can’t come out from under a food hangover? If you can’t stop eating – in particular, if sugar has you in its grip, the reason may very well lie in your DNA.

Research into genetics has uncovered a common variation on a gene called GLUT 2 that regulates appetite. This gene variant affects 1 in 5 people and has a significant effect on the amount of sugar that a person consumes. Gene variants such GLUT 2 affects both the type of food we choose to eat and how our body responds to that food.

It’s worth noting that certain gene variants that may have been silent or even beneficial for our ancient ancestors are potentially devastating in our current food environment. Aside from GLUT 2, another variant that is associated with overeating and obesity is MC4R. This “appetite gene” plays a role in hunger cues and appetite regulation.

This is where my own struggle with food lies. I have the gene variant for MC4R that promotes overeating because my “turn off” signal is not as efficient in telling my brain to stop eating. When I saw this result on my genetic test it gave me insight into my heightened appetite and why I tend to default to eating beyond my caloric needs. Knowing that I’m wired this way means I can be more mindful of my eating habits and employ some intelligent interventions.

Testing your genes can provide information about how your body responds to dietary influences, allowing you to make personal, well informed decisions to prevent disease and maximize your health potential. We are at the beginning of a new mind set about food and how our genes, and the lifestyle choices we make intersect.

If you are interested in learning more about genetic testing go to: Liane Wansbrough, Holistic Nutritionist at Innate Wellness is an authorized provider of the 45-gene test from Nutrigenomix that provide you with actionable information on weight management, nutrient metabolism, heart health, food intolerances, eating habits and physical activity.

For more information about the Nutrigenomix 45-gene test please contact: 647.340.7575