May 13, 2015
Work With What
Your Momma Gave You

This month marks the celebration of the 107th Mother’s Day. The busiest phone day of the year, it’s estimated 68% of people phoned Mom this past Mother’s Day totaling 122.5 million phone calls. Surpassing phone calls in number were greeting cards with an estimated 50% of households presenting Mom with a card, totaling over 150 million cards! While we reflect on, and thank, one or more of the 2 billion moms worldwide for their countless hours spent parenting, working, running the household and more, we can’t overlook the priceless gift of genetics that Mom has bestowed upon us.

“Good” or “bad” as they may be, genes determine far more than our hair and eye color, and are considered the blueprint for life – controlling protein synthesis, cellular reactions and cellular communications. As science evolves and continues to uncover genetics associated with health concerns, the field of genetic medicine or “genomic medicine” continues to gain momentum. Little more than an aspiration just over a decade ago, genomic medicine continues to grow among providers, researchers and patients alike and tools that were once a part only of research are becoming mainstay in clinical assessments.

One area of continued research is genetic influences in weight. With obesity reaching epidemic numbers and the US weight loss market reaching almost $60 billion in 2014, it’s no wonder genomic research has spent efforts here. Several genes and their associated variants have been identified as influential to obesity, with the most well-known and influential gene at this time being FTO. Research has demonstrated that individuals with FTO variants may rarely feel full or satisfied after meals, have difficulty controlling cravings, have strong desire for calorie-rich foods, and have a higher likelihood of child onset obesity as well as a stronger propensity to become obese from consuming saturated fat. Identifying this genetic variant in individuals can help direct a targeted, successful plan for weight loss and maintenance.

While some clinicians may argue that identifying genetic variants that predispose people to obesity may lessen people’s motivation to participate in healthy weight loss plans and afford them to blame their struggles on destiny, research debunks this concern. A recent study form the Health Behaviour Research Center at University College London found that obesity gene testing helps to reduce self-blame rather than putting people off from weight loss.

FTO variant testing, in conjunction with four additional genetic variants that may predispose individuals to obesity, is available through Labrix in the FindWhy Genetic Weight Control Panel. A simple, non-invasive cheek-swab, this test is designed to shed light on an individual’s genetic background, allowing patients to create a weight loss plan that will help overcome possible predispositions, and help them achieve lasting results. Contact our Customer Service department to order your test kits for the FindWhy Genetic Weight Control Panel.

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Labrix Core Training: Chicago

Dr. Lylen Ferris delivers a personal invitation for Labrix' upcoming Core Training in Chicago.

Labrix Clinical Spotlight Series:
Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Staff Physician Robyn Kutka discusses clinical approaches to identifying and treating sexual dysfunction in women as a part of our Labrix Clinical Spotlight Series

Core Training
Chicago, IL
May 16, 2015

Labrix staff physicians will be in Chicago on May 16 to present Core Training. Registration is $150 and upon completing this one day training, you will receive a $100 credit on your testing account. Register for Labrix Core Training: Chicago today.

Core Training
Portland, OR
August 1, 2015

Labrix staff physicians will be in Portland on August 1 to present Core Training. Registration is $150 and upon completing this one day training, you will receive a $100 credit on your testing account. Register for Labrix Core Training: Portland today.

Labrix Advanced
Las Vegas, NV
January 16-17, 2016

Portland, OR
April 25-26, 2015

Labrix will also be exhibiting at the Institute of Women's Health & Integrative Medicine conference in Portland, Oregon, July 17-19, 2015.