Top five benefits of genetic tests in bariatric surgery with NUBARICS®
Can you imagine an orthopedic doctor treating a fracture without X-rays? At NUBARICS® we cannot imagine the long-term treatment of obesity without the useful information of genetic decoding.
The year is 2020; nowadays, bariatric patients can decode their genes and understand how they relate to their weight, health, and diseases in general. Genetic tests previously used in bariatric surgery research, and never before used nutrigenomic tests are available to all of our patients as part of the NUBARICS® innovative program. With the results of your tests, you will understand your unique genetic composition and how your body works, from a new perspective. Such valuable information will be the key to successful postoperative care and a healthier lifestyle.
The following are the top 5 benefits of introducing genetics and nutrigenomics in bariatric care:
1. You will find out whether or not you carry obesity genes.
That’s right: genes. Diseases that result from an abnormality of a single gene are known as monogenetic diseases; obesity is not one of them. Obesity, if genetically influenced may result from the combination of risky genes, such as; FTO, BDNF, MC4R, SEC16B, SLC39A8, GNAT2, TMEM18, SEMA6D, and their variations, just to name a few. I know what you are thinking: are those Star Wars droids? They are not, but our present is the future that many of us were waiting for. I graduated from med school 24 years ago and at that time, the opportunities we have today to explore genes seemed distant, futuristic, and unbelievable.
With the use of recent technologies, we now know that FTO and SEMA6D and their variations are the riskiest, followed by MC4R and GNAT2, TMEM18 is less risky; after the analysis of multiple variations in these genes, we know how much a person is at risk of obesity is related to their genes.
After the analysis of more than 70 genes and their variations, your test result will report low, moderate or high genetic predisposition to obesity according to your unique genome and their variations.
What’s next? Your strategy!
You will have plenty of time after surgery to request advice from your surgeon or post-op support coordinator, we will manage your case individually.
2. You reduce your chances of weight gain after surgery.
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) patients lose up to 60% of their weight excess by the sixth month after surgery, 77% of the excess by the end of the first year. Most patients will experience these expected results. Nevertheless, after that period some keep their weight off, but sadly some will regain undesired weight by the fifth year after surgery. Not knowing your genetic set up is, in fact, one of several factors that may contribute to weight regaining.
Think about it… after their surgery, patients have the same level of knowledge they had about themselves as before. Without knowing how their metabolisms, weight, and genes interact, many enjoy the results of their surgery for a few years and then become subject to regaining weight.
Your genetic, nutrigenomic and fitness analysis include decoding of genes related to your weight loss, satiety, and regain. It will reveal valuable information that will help you understand your individuality and make specific lifestyle changes to keep your weight off for good.
3. You may eat according to your genes
The food you eat may improve or worsen your weight, health, diseases, and metabolism as well. Nutrigenomic tests match your genes to some common vegetables, fruits, grains, cereals, beverages, seafood, dairy, cold meats, condiments, and oils. The results will reveal which are better for your genetic traits.
Some foods from each group will interact better with your genes and vice versa. Chances are that a beneficial vegetable is not in your diet and that you are eating too much of a certain food that your genes don’t like that much, even if you do.
After your results you may no longer ask yourself: do I like this food? Instead, is it good for me? Let's take caffeine as an example, a controversial stimulant; it may improve sports endurance in some, but others will not feel any difference; it may increase blood pressure, or not, depending on individual gene-mediated caffeine metabolism. If your nutrigenomic results reveal you metabolize caffeine slowly, I will suggest not drinking it, since it may be, in your case a cardiovascular risk. If your fitness results reveal that you don’t have a good ergogenic response to it, you don’t have to irritate your stomach with it, trying to perform better in sports.
Have you ever imagined yourself eating according to your genes? Well, we did! All of the advantages of genetic and nutrigenomic testing are part of our innovative approach to bariatric and metabolic surgery.
4. You will be able to know your genetic predisposition to catastrophic diseases
Health is the result of the interaction of our genes, environment, and decisions. Having born with good genes and living healthy in a good environment may grant you a long and healthy life, but there is also the opposite side of this example.
Our DNA decoding kit includes sophisticated and specific tests to determine your genetic predisposition to serious diseases, such as; heart stroke, coronary heart disease, hypertension, HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, anxiety, depression, cancer (kidneys, ovarian, prostate, breast), Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, cystic fibrosis, and nine more hereditary diseases.
Most of the aforementioned are capable of ending a person’s life prematurely and even class I obesity is enough to develop or worsen them, regardless of your age.
With your results, and your desire to live well, you will be able to take specific measures to prevent such, starting with your weight loss.
5. It’s on us!
Yes, on us. The cost of sequencing 233 genes and their variations like we do may cost thousands of dollars in some countries (if available). For a discretionary time, the cost of genetic and nutrigenomic tests is included in the price of your surgery, meaning that at the same price of surgery elsewhere, with NUBARICS® you will also receive the most complete set of genetic test available for bariatric and metabolic patients.
At NUBARICS® we don’t just help people lose weight. We put them in a path to a healthier, happier life.
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Dr. Gabriel Gutierrez
NUBARICS® pre- and post-operative support coordinator