As seen in this study, genetics can affect nutrient requirements. Genetic testing isn’t necessary. Just measure status. T allele carriers at FADS1 SNP rs174546 may need to consume more EPA than C allele carriers to maintain similar blood concentrations. http://ow.ly/HAtE30jP02q
Measuring fatty acids in breast milk and/or infant blood (heel stick) would be the best way to determine if lactating mums are consuming enough DHA+ARA to support their baby’s development http://ow.ly/aBST30jKZUt 1,000 Days Gates Foundation OmegaQuant
Defining RDAs seems anachronistic. I am individual. Individuals differ. As relationships between 25(OH)D vs outcome (Risk of CVD, dementia, etc) are known & optimal status is established, I want regular vitamin D assessment so I can maintain low risk http://ow.ly/Upqf30jHdzO
For the past 7 years, I have been wondering why my annual physical examination doesn’t include an assessment of omega-3 fatty acid (EPA+DHA) and vitamin status. My physician’s lab order does include fasting blood glucose, numerous lipids (total cholesterol, LDL-C, triglycerides), PSA, and electrolytes. Why not essential vitamins and minerals?
It could give me such peace of mind to know that my vitamin D status was sufficient. It would end the constant worrying about dietary choices. My weight, and blood lipids for the most part, reflect the number of calories I consume and expend through physical activity. Beyond that, it is the nutrient density of my diet (and supplements I choose to take) which will affect the health of my body.
Assuming my weight is staying fairly constant, a simple blood test could confirm that my dietary choices are acceptable to maintain nutritional adequacy…..or provide quantitative evidence to nudge my dietary choices in a direction that would improve my nutritional status. Hopefully, I would only have to focus on consuming more of only one or two vitamins or minerals. Depending upon the time of year of my physical exam, I might want to measure my vitamin D status more than once. I might also want a follow-up screening to confirm that nutritional repletion is occurring. All for my peace of mind and to confirm that I have achieved optimal nutritional status.
I dream of helping scientists bring their innovative nutritional diagnostic devices to market. Why? Because they will transform nutrition guidance from one where we argue food beliefs to nutritional advice based on objective status assessments.
Articles like this, “Wear Your Too Large Wings with Confidence: You will Grow Into Them“, encourage me and hopefully entrepreneurial scientists at VitaScan, OmegaQuant and other startups trying to create inexpensive, minimally-invasive nutrition diagnostic devices.
Thanks to blogger calling out The New York Times & HarvardPublicHealth scientist for overstating study results. http://ow.ly/omrJ304IZ97 #Integrity
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