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Word of the Day: Nutrigeroscience

Personalizing diet interventions for better results.

A graphic of a man with a shopping cart and DNA to illustrate nutrigeroscience

Nutrigeroscience is a form of precision-based nutrition science in which the outcomes of various types of dietary restriction are predicted based on biomarkers affected by genetics, gender, bodily tissue and age.

Scientists in this field hope that, in the future, this will allow us to better determine who will fair favourably and unfavourably to different forms of dietary restrictions such as low-carb, low-fat and intermittent fasting. The end goal would be not to just add years to lifespans but years with less ill health.

The benefits of dietary restriction often vary among individuals and even in tissues within those people. Nutrigeroscience could do away with the “one-size-fits-all” intervention approach when it comes to dieting.

See also: Salt Sensitivity and High Blood Pressure

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Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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