What genetic variants increase my likelihood of nutritional deficiency?

In my role as a nutritionist and dietician, I can understand this curiosity. Our genes are what make us unique. This article will explore how genetics can influence your likelihood of developing specific nutritional deficiencies. This article will discuss how important it is to understand this link, as well as provide some tips on how to manage these risks.

It is important to understand how genetic variations influence nutritional deficiencies

It is important to understand the link between nutrition and genetics because this allows us personalize diet recommendations for each individual. The field of nutritiongenomics is a new one, but recent advances in genomics show that genetic variation can affect nutrient metabolism. A study in "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition", for example, found that people with a specific variant of the MTHFR genes have a greater need for dietary folic acid.

Getting started: All you need to know

You need to first know your genetic profile in order to understand how genetics can affect your diet. AncestryDNA or 23andMe, for example, offer genetic testing that can reveal your genetic profile. Interpreting these results is best done by a health professional who has knowledge of genetics and nutrition. In a study published in "The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition", the authors emphasize the importance of personalized nutritional advice that is based on your genetic profile to avoid nutrient deficiency.

Example of how genetic variations can influence nutritional deficiencies

More Tips and Suggestions

Lifestyle factors play an important role, even though genetics are a factor in nutritional deficiency. Exercise, a balanced diet, enough sleep and stress management can all improve your health. They also help to mitigate genetic risk. Keep regular doctor's appointments to check your nutritional levels, and make any necessary adjustments.


Conclusion: Genetic variations do influence the risk of certain nutritional deficiencies. Understanding your genetic dispositions will give you valuable insight into what your nutritional needs are and can help make better decisions regarding your health and nutrition. While we cannot alter our genes, we certainly can modify our diet and lifestyle to suit them.