October 9, 2017

Going gluten-free? Pause and read.

‘Let’s try the lasagne. I heard it’s really good here.’ ‘Ugh! That’s gluten. No way. You go ahead.’ How many of us have heard or been […]
August 9, 2017

LEPR: The gene that caused Eman Ahmed’s extreme weight gain and her weight loss story

The story of Eman Ahmed, the world’s heaviest woman weighing nearly 500 Kg is now known to most. Her remarkable recovery has given hope to many […]
August 6, 2017

Know Your Genes: SGK1 “Salt Sensitivity 2 Gene”

The Serum and Glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) gene is associated with the synthesis of serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1, an enzyme which is associated […]
August 6, 2017

Know Your Genes: TFAP2B “Protein Gene”

The Transcription factor AP 2 beta (TFAP2B) gene is associated with the synthesis of transcription factor AP 2 beta, which is associated with the stimulation of […]
August 6, 2017

Know Your Genes: AGT “Salt Sensitivity Gene”

The Angiotensinogen (AGT) gene is associated with the synthesis of angiotensinogen, a part of the renin-angiotensin system and a precursor to the hormone angiotensin II. Angiotensin […]
August 2, 2017

Know Your Genes: ADIPOQ “Fat Burn Hormone Gene”

The Adiponectin (ADIPOQ) gene is associated with the synthesis of Adiponectin, a hormone found to be associated with regulating the level of glucose and in the […]
August 2, 2017

Know Your Genes: CAT “Anti-oxidant 2 Gene”

The Catalase (CAT) gene is associated with the synthesis of catalase, an enzyme found to be associated with the conversion of superoxide (O2-) into oxygen (O2) […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: FTO “Fat Gene”

The Fat Mass and Obesity gene (FTO) is associated with the synthesis of the FTO enzyme, also known as the alpha ketoglutarate dependent dioxygenase. FTO gene […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: CD36 “Fat Tasting Gene”

The Cluster of Differentiation (CD36) gene is associated with the synthesis of CD36 protein, also known as the fatty acid translocase protein, an integral membrane protein, […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: IL-6 “The Inflammation gene”

The Interleukin-6 (IL-6) gene is associated with the synthesis of IL-6, which is a multifunctional cytokine that regulates immune responses such as inflammation. Specific alleles of […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: NBPF3 “Vitamin B6 Gene”

The Neuroblastoma Breakpoint Member 3 (NBPF3) gene is associated with the synthesis of NBPF3, a hormone found to be associated with the clearance of vitamin B6 […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: PPARG “Weight Regain Gene”

The peroxisome proliferator activated receptor (PPARG) gene is associated with the synthesis of peroxisome proliferator activated receptor, a nuclear receptor found mainly in the adipose tissue, […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: SOD2 “Antioxidant Gene”

The Superoxide Dismutase 2 (SOD2) gene is associated with the synthesis of superoxide dismutase, an enzyme found to be associated with the conversion of superoxide (O2-) […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: VDR “The Sunshine Vitamin Gene”

The Vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene is associated with the synthesis of Vitamin D receptor, a cell membrane receptor that binds to vitamin D. Specific alleles […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: BCMO1 “Vitamin A Gene”

The Beta Carotene Oxygenase 1 (BCMO1) gene is associated with the synthesis of beta carotene oxygenase 1, an enzyme that converts precursor vitamin A into active […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: CYP1A2 “Coffee Gene”

The Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) gene is associated with the synthesis of Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2), a liver enzyme that is involved in drug metabolism and […]
July 31, 2017
VEGETARIAN OR NON-VEGETARIAN?

Switching between vegetarianism and non-vegetarianism?- You must read this first

If you have seen a baby formula pack, it highlights in bold that the formula is fortified with EPA and DHA and that it’s good for […]
July 28, 2017
Starch amylase

It’s so unfair- these people can eat all the starch they want!

You had been wondering about your friends who could eat all the starchy carbohydrates and not put on an ounce of weight. Well, you were not […]
July 26, 2017
Vegetarian / Non-vegetarian FADS1

The gene that gives you a free license to have as much milkshake as you can

…without having to worry about your triglycerides Yes, you read that right, the absence of a gene allows you to consume large quantities of fats without […]
July 21, 2017
What most people know about nutrition is wrong

Why most things you know about nutrition and weight loss are plain wrong!

You may have prescribed to various diets plans to lose weight fast, or another “best weight loss diet” or a “quick weight loss” scheme etc. But […]
April 25, 2017

Know Your Genes: HLADQ “The Gluten Intolerance Gene”

The Human Leukocyte Antigen system (HLA) gene is associated with the synthesis of Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC), which are cell surface proteins that are associated with […]
April 17, 2017

Know Your Genes: MTHFR “Folic Acid Gene”

The Methyl Tetra Hydrofolate Reductase gene (MTHFR) is associated with the synthesis of MTHFR enzyme, which converts folate obtained from the diet into an active form. […]
March 2, 2017

Know Your Genes: MCM6 – “The Lactose Intolerance Gene”

The MCM6 gene controls the Lactase producing gene (LCT). Lactase is necessary to digest the sugar Lactose found in milk. Individuals whose body cannot produce Lactase […]
December 30, 2016

A genetic explanation for why people have different taste preferences

Human sense of sight, smell, heat and taste are enabled by biological sensors in various organs. As an example, sense of sight requires vision sensors in […]
December 27, 2016

Saturated Fat consumption and the APOA2 gene

There seems to be an endless debate about whether saturated fats are good or bad for your health. The truth is, it depends on your genes. […]
December 20, 2016

How much of body weight is determined by genetics?

Anywhere between 30 to 70% of our body weight  is influenced by our genes.  And the tendency to be obese is quite common among humans, as […]
December 18, 2016

Drinking 2 or more sugary drinks per day doubles diabetes risk

 There are over 69.2 million diabetics in India with the numbers continuing to rise.  A Study found that drinking more than 2 sugary drinks per day […]
December 5, 2016

Does your child complain of stomach pain after drinking milk? 3 out of 4 Indians are lactose intolerant

A common scenario witnessed in almost every household is a mother running behind her child with a glass of milk. Continuing since generations, this tug of […]
December 5, 2016

Do you have signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance?

Living in India, almost every household has a high consumption of wheat. A sandwich for breakfast with chapattis for lunch and dinner seems to be the […]
November 22, 2016

Here is how Nitric Oxide Supplements and Nitric Oxide gene influence exercise performance

Increasing nitric oxide (NO) has become the new secret weapon for athletes and bodybuilders. It is used as the primary ingredient in various dietary supplements to […]
November 8, 2016

Are antioxidants more important for people carrying certain genes?

The World Health Organization recommends a daily intake of at least 400 grams (or five daily servings with an average serving size of 80 gms) of […]
October 31, 2016

Alert: 8 out 10 Indians are vitamin B12 deficient- Vegetarianism and genes may influence B12 levels.

In India, 60-70% of the population is believed to have lower vitamin B12 blood levels, with nearly 80% of urban middle class having this deficiency. Low […]
October 25, 2016

Genes & calcium requirements: Achieving the right balance

Too much calcium can hurt you! Too much calcium in your blood can weaken youar bones, create kidney stones, and interfere with the way your heart […]
October 18, 2016

Genes can Influence your Vitamin A requirement- Here’s how

According to American Heart Association (2015), cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is […]
October 4, 2016

An amla (gooseberry) a day keeps the doctor away!

Eating foods high in vitamin C helps protect your heart! Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), which includes heart diseases like coronary heart disease, heart attack, angina and stroke, […]
September 27, 2016

What do genes tell us about vitamin D requirements?

Vitamin D and health Vitamin D is a hot topic these days. We get it from the sun, fortified milk, butter, ghee, soybeans, soy milk, cheese, […]
September 20, 2016

Genes and greens to protect your heart!

The technical part: Methyl folate is essential for the proper function of almost all of the body’s systems and it is involved in the conversion of […]
September 15, 2016

Is fasting good for you? All you need to know about intermittent fasting

The beneficial effects of Intermittent fasting have been chronicled in numerous animal and human studies Regulates blood glucose levels Improves brain health Can reduce cancer risk […]
September 3, 2016

The “Vegetarian gene” and what you need to know about it

The big fat dilemma Are fats good or bad? Which types of fats are good and which types are bad? And how much fat is bad […]
August 20, 2016

Hate brussel sprouts? Your taste receptor genes may have the answer

Why can’t some people stand Brussel sprouts and some find it delectable? So, is taste preference genetic? There is clearly a genetic and an environmental aspect […]
August 14, 2016
Flawless skin in 7 days

Get flawless skin in 7 days

Harsh summers take a toll on your skin like nothing else. Here’s a quick seven day guide of easy home remedies to get rid of all […]
May 19, 2015

Corporate health and wellness – The bottom line

In my previous post “Your health is in Your hands“, I outlined the impact of lifestyle conditions on our nation’s health. Notably we looked at, how […]
April 17, 2015

DNA isn’t destiny; it is what you make of it

Scrambling in the kitchen to make one “wonder meal” that pleases the taste buds of your husband and kids. Missing your mom who whipped up multiple […]
December 31, 2014

How to lose weight? – For busy moms

It is not a myth – women really are better than men at multitasking, according to the paper in the journal BMC Psychology. Switching different roles […]
December 9, 2014
   
November 25, 2014

Closing the generation gap

So you might be wondering as to who is this guy Kojak. In the days after the Druid, and before the Internet came into being. Kojak […]
November 25, 2014

Having a daily conversation with the self!

So we all know that no two days are the same, and it starts when we wake up. Small differences begin depending -how well you slept […]
November 23, 2014

Salt sensitivity – is your blood pressure high?

Is salt right in your food? Salt is one among the major sources of sodium in our diet. Sodium is required to regulate blood volume and […]
November 23, 2014

Overweight and obesity – genes are also involved

Fats are macro nutrients i.e. nutrients that we consume in large amounts and give us energy. Each fat molecule is made up of one of the […]
November 23, 2014

Folate – Vitamin B and green vegetables

Folate, an essential B vitamin is found in many foods such as green leafy vegetables, beans, lentils, fruits and fortified grains. Folate is essential to allow […]