November 13 2019, 12PM - 1PM EST
Ruth Loos, Ph.D.
Using Genetic Information to Predict and Treat Obesity: Are We Ready for Precision Medicine?
With a growing understanding of the genetic basis of diseases, the expectation is that genetics will soon revolutionize health care. Online genomic companies offer genetic testing directly-to-consumers (DTC), many of which focus on diet, nutrition, physical performance, and fitness. These companies claim that, based on their customer’s genotype data, they can design “genetically matched-diets”. Furthermore, genetics is also being used to predict future risk of disease, such as obesity, using polygenic risk scores (PRSs). Some claim that a PRS can identify people-at-risk early in life, allowing prevention to start at a young age. What does this all mean for health professionals fielding questions from confused consumers about this new technology? This webinar will review the scientific evidence that supports (or not) personalizing lifestyle recommendations and predicting obesity based on genetic information.