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Nutrigenomics and the Age Management Practice

Nutrigenomics and the Age Management Practice: How to personalize treatment plans for hormone imbalances, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more.

Christine Houghton, registered nutritionist and PhD candidate, provides clinicians with a greater range of tools for personalizing treatment plans through clinically relevant elements of the science of nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomics has direct implication in age management medicine, given its fundamental role in regulating and optimizing endogenous cellular defenses against disease and premature aging. Our endogenous cellular defense mechanisms rely on an intricate web of molecular signaling, markedly influenced by factors such as diet, exercise and mood. Overwhelming the cell with excessive antioxidant supplements inhibits these defenses; the practice of antioxidant supplementation has important clinical implications. To avoid inadvertent inhibition of Mother Nature’s mechanisms for cell defense, clinicians need to be vigilant in their critical review of data used to support available nutraceutical supplements. Discussion of nutrigenomic solutions will include autism, asthma, hormonal issues, hypertension, psoriasis, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how nutrigenomics contributes to disease prevention and age management medicine.
  • Learn how nutrigenomics can effectively underpin treatment plans for asthma, autism, cardiovascular disease, diabetes (type 2), hormonal issues, hypertension and psoriasis.
  • Identify current practices that are based on outdated theories surrounding nutritional medicine.
  • Understand how nutrigenomics assists in healthy functioning cellular defense mechanisms.
  • Review the factors that overwhelm cells and cause health decline, despite what outdated theories suggest.
  • See how overall health is affected by the relationship between genes and nutritional substances, acting as activators of various harmful or helpful processes in the human body.
  • Recognize the importance of critical review of data on nutraceutical supplements, even those considered to be “safe” in high doses.

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