#67 Eating with your Genes, with Registered Dietitian Rachel Clarkson


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On the show today I’m delighted to welcome Rachel Clarkson. Rachel is a leading Nutrigenomic Specialist Dietitian – using world renowned, next generation technology and expert analysis to create Personalised Wellness programmes for her clients under the name of The DNA Dietitian. 

She is a guest lecturer for St Mary’s University MSc in Genetics & Nutrition and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of two health tech platforms.

On the show today we chat about:

  • Her background in dietetics and why she decided to specialise in personalised nutrition
  • The basics of what a gene is
  • Epigenetics and how this relates to food and environment changes
  • The difference between nutrigenetic tests and deterministic gene investigations
  • Disease risk versus modifier (metabolic) gene tests
  • Why a one size fits all model in medicine and nutrition is not good enough anymore
  • Rachel’s approach to consulting with patients in clinic
  • How to personalise diets for fertility, obesity and more
  • Out of the 10s of 1000s of single nucleotide polymorphisms, how do we determine which ones are important

 

This is an incredibly interesting field of nutrition and medicine that is definitely something which will become the norm in the future.

 

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Summary

“This way of living is actually going to encourage those good genes to be turned on and the bad genes to be turned off – and what that means is that you may have genes that are going to pre-dispose you to a disease, for instance Cancer or Alzheimer’s lets say.  

If you live in a way that’s healthy, you can ensure or at least try to ensure that those good genes are going to be switched on and the bad genes switched off”.

Rachel Clarkson, The DNA Dietitian

 

I hope you agree, that was a fascinating conversation with Rachel!  Another superb guest and one that I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share with you.

Some great resources that Rachel was keen to share with you are noted below:

Behaviour change personalised vs standard advice :

Caffeine and hypertension:

Coffee, CYP1A2 genotype and risk of myocardial infarction

 Jama Network article – Coffee 

High protein diets for weight lossNew piece published in the BMJ which is also an exciting paper on the advantages of personalised dietary advice versus standard.


Guest: Rachel Clarkson, The DNA Dietitian

Rachel Clarkson a leading Nutrigenomic Specialist Dietitian – using world renowned, next generation technology and expert analysis to create Personalised Wellness programmes for her clients under the name of The DNA Dietitian. She is a guest lecturer for St Mary’s University MSc in Genetics & Nutrition and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of two health tech platforms.

Living life to her greatest potential has been a passion of Rachel’s over the past 5 years where she realised how much value genetic insights can have on  health, weight and performance.


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