Genetic Nutrition: Designing a Diet Based on Your Family Medical History

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In the barrage of nutrition advice we hear, one crucial fact is too often lost: what's good for one person is not necessarily good for another. That's because of the critical role your genetic make-up plays in your susceptibility to disease. Genetic Nutrition combines the latest and most reliable nutrition advice with information from the exploding field of genetics to show you how you can design a nutritional program tailored to your individual genetic blueprint. The authors, world-renowned in the fields of ...
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Overview

In the barrage of nutrition advice we hear, one crucial fact is too often lost: what's good for one person is not necessarily good for another. That's because of the critical role your genetic make-up plays in your susceptibility to disease. Genetic Nutrition combines the latest and most reliable nutrition advice with information from the exploding field of genetics to show you how you can design a nutritional program tailored to your individual genetic blueprint. The authors, world-renowned in the fields of nutrition and genetics, explain the link between health and heredity, show how to plot your family medical tree, and then offer specific, detailed information on what to eat and what to avoid if you have a family history of such common diseases or conditions as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, alcoholism, and food allergies. In no other area of health is there more misinformation and confusion than nutrition. The authors carefully distinguish myth from fact. They show that universal dietary recommendations issued by medical panels and intended for the entire population may not make the best sense in individual cases. A book of scrupulous medical authority and important practical application, Genetic Nutrition arms you with knowledge that will help you live a longer, healthier life.
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Using the premise that genetic factors determine one's susceptibility to disease, Simopoulos, who is director of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition, and Health of the American Association for World Health, and her coauthors explain how to plot a family medical tree and determine a genetic predisposition. Armed with such data, readers can design an appropriate diet to counteract certain diseases. Because nutrition can play an important role in combating heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and alcoholism, it makes sense to study one's genetic heritage and use the available weapons. The authors' comprehensive discussions of these specific diseases and the inclusion of appropriate nutrition plans tailored for each one make this book an excellent resource. Simopoulos's Genetic Variation and Nutrition (Karger, 1990) provides additional information on this subject. Recommended for most collections.-- Janet M. Coogan, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
Karen Graves
Simopoulos and colleagues propose warding off some of the diseases to which individuals may be genetically prone by means of nutritional programs based upon family medical histories. Their scheme begins with plotting a family medical tree with the help of a physician. Should any genetically linked disease be discovered in the family, a nutritional program to deal with it is developed. The book includes detailed programs and sample menus for obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, alcoholism, cancer, and food allergies. The authors admit that many family trees do not offer dramatic insight, but they add that the commonsense concepts of moderation, variety, and balance should be adopted in developing a diet that is right for you. Good advice for everyone!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780026112956
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Pages: 352

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Basics 1
1 Your Genes and Your Health 3
2 Creating Your Family Tree 33
Pt. 2 Feeding Your Genes 53
3 Obesity 55
4 Heart Disease 84
5 Hypertension 112
6 Diabetes 137
7 The Truth About Iron 154
8 Alcoholism 167
9 Cancer 186
10 Food Allergy 222
11 Putting It All Together 252
Index 323
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