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Is Your Weight in Your ‘Genes?’ How to Maximize the Success of a Weight Management Program by Addressing 3 Common Genetic Variations

Presented by: Nathan Morris, M.D.+ & Kelly Heim, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Genetic factors account for 40-90% of inter-individual differences in body weight. While many single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been associated with fat mass, food cravings, satiety and glucose disposal, only a small number are well-researched and nutritionally responsive. In this webinar, you will learn how to test for SNPs affecting critical determinants of body weight in a simple, cost-effective manner. You will also learn how to use this genetic information to tailor nutritional guidance and simplify supplement selection to guide patients to their weight management and/or metabolic health goals.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand which SNPs limit the success of weight management protocols and how to test for them
  • Learn how to recognize good candidates for high-protein diets based on a single gene
  • Recognize how an approach tailored to APOA2 or FTO genotype can transform difficult cases into success stories
  • Understand how a common adiponectin SNP informs more precise dietary and lifestyle guidance for cardiometabolic health
  • Learn how to rapidly implement nutritional genomics in your practice using the PureGenomics® web application, with no need to retest your patients

About the Panelist

Nathan Morris, M.D.+, is a family practice, trained functional medicine practitioner. He specializes in determining connections between seemingly disparate clinical observations, approaching the body as an integrated whole. Dr. Morris applies genetic testing as a tool to objectively guide personalized approaches.

Kelly Heim, Ph.D., is a nutritional pharmacologist and Senior Director of Scientific Affairs for the health care practitioner brands of Atrium Innovations, where he oversees the scientific integrity and safety of products by maintaining rigorous standards of research evaluation and its application to product formulation. Dr. Heim has a doctorate in pharmacology from Dartmouth Medical School and a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Biochemistry from
the University of New Hampshire. His academic research, invited reviews and book chapters have traversed critical topics in nutrition and pharmacology. He has lectured extensively to practitioner audiences on nutritional genomics,
bioavailability and effective clinical application of dietary supplements.

+ Our Medical Advisors are retained consultants for Pure Encapsulations.