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January 7, 2015
Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat?

It’s estimated that more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. More often than not, these resolutions center around self-improvement goals and, for many, may focus on fitness and weight reduction – be it for health reasons or a boost in self-image and/or self-confidence. Recent numbers indicate that, over the last 3 decades, the number of obese children ages 6-11 has quadrupled, the number of obese 12-19 year olds has more than doubled, and 65-80% of US citizens over the age of 25 are either obese or overweight. While obesity itself is not considered a disease, it is considered the primary etiology in the majority of cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and gall stone attacks. In addition, more than a third of hypertension cases, and approximately 10% of breast and colon cancers can be attributed to obesity. Given the prevalence of these implications, achieving weight reduction resolutions may be important for preventative health and longevity. Unfortunately, it is estimated that only about 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. While multiple reasons may contribute to this slim number, one reason that doesn’t typically come to mind is genetics; however, in the case of weight loss a person’s genes may be stacked against them. Labrix’s recently introduced FindWhy Weight Control Panel is a simple cheek swab DNA test that looks at 5 genetic variants known to affect weight control. Evaluating these variants in your patients helps to identify lesser-known, yet potentially profound, obstacles to weight loss which can then be used to develop a targeted treatment plan to aide them in successfully achieving their weight loss goals.

The FindWhy Weight Control Panel tests for variants in the following genes:

  • FTO (Human fat mass and obesity associated gene): regulation of metabolism and satiety
  • MC4R (Melanocortin 4 receptor): regulation of satiation and meal frequency
  • ADRB2 (Beta adrenergic receptors): sensitivity to carbohydrates and stress
  • FABP2 (Fatty Acid Binding Protein 2): fat absorption and insulin regulation of sugar
  • SH2B1 (SH2B adaptor protein 1): Regulation of insulin and leptin systems

To find out more about genetics and weight management, register for Labrix Advanced Workshop today!

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Labrix Advanced Workshop

Click here for a special invitation to Labrix Advanced Workshop from Labrix co-founder and CEO Dr. Erin Lommen.

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Labrix Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

Labrix co-founders Dr. Erin Lommen and Dr. Jay Mead sit down for a short interview and discuss the company's first ten years, as well as its bright future with diagnostic testing.

Advanced Workshop
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 24-25, 2015

Registration is just $199 for Labrix Advanced Workshop (LAW). Register for LAW today.

Core Training
Atlanta, GA
March 14, 2015

Registration is $150 and upon completing this one day training, you will receive a $100 credit on your testing account. Register for Atlanta Core Training today.

New York, NY
Feb. 19-21, 2015

Labrix' co-founder Dr. Lommen will be hosting a breakfast session at IHS, speaking on the topic of "Gaining Success in Weight Loss: Clinical Protocols for Advanced Practitioners."

Click here for more information and to secure your FREE spot at the breakfast session! (Must be registered to attend IHS 2015 to attend breakfast session)

Integrative Pediatric Medicine
Portland, OR
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015

Labrix' staff physician Lylen Ferris will be speaking at the Institute of Women's Health & Integrative Medicine seminar on pediatric medicine. 17+ hours of CME available. Follow the link above for more information.