WEIGHT MANAGEMENTA public health challenge with a personal health solution.

The genetic association to weight management and obesity has been the subject of scientific debate for a number of years. BodySync’s approach to genetics and weight control is less concerned with single magic bullet “obesity genes” and more focused on deciphering and utilizing the escalating scientific evidence of the inter-relatedness of genetic variations most often associated with healthy weight management. To decrypt these connections, BodySync sponsors ongoing IRB clinical studies conducted by Dr. Michael Goran, PhD., Professor of Preventative Medicine, Biophysics and Pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.

Current Pilot Study
The most current pilot study has been designed to assess 60 adults between the ages of 18 and 55. Participants are genotyped based on BodySync’s core gene panel, which includes a robust number of genes and variants that research has shown to have potential impact on healthy nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle. The combined data from the participant’s genetic analysis and nutrition and lifestyle questionnaire are used to generate a custom meal plan, nutritional supplement regimen, and exercise plan for that participant. Health-related biomarkers, anthropometrics, and fitness parameters will be assessed at the beginning of the study, after three weeks, and again after 11 weeks to determine the effect of the customized program on each of these outcomes. Of particular interest is the impact of genetically-guided nutrition and fitness on serum lipid parameters, blood glucose, and other health and wellness markers. Results will be measured in relation to other commercially available, standard-of-care health promotion programs. In addition to its ongoing adult genetic nutrition and fitness studies, BodySync and Dr. Michael Goran plan to conduct a study on childhood obesity at USC Keck School. A 400-plus-subject retrospective analysis using a unique, new assessment algorithm designed by BodySync, the study may lead to a better understanding of how genetic information may be used to help combat childhood obesity and the increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes in children.

Can genetics help combat obesity and establish a new paradigm for healthy weight management?