Phillip Minton M.D.

Obesity in Your Genes? Change Your Genes

In diet on April 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

It’s spring. Time to slim down to get into that new pair of jeans. But it’s so hard to lose weight. Why? Many people think that their genes keep them from fitting into their jeans.

Our genes are the microscopic bits of genetic material within our cells that contain the instructions for our inherited traits. If we inherit genes that influence us towards obesity, weight loss is much more difficult.

Is it possible to change pro-obesity genes? Science is showing us that sometimes our actions can influence the activity of those genes, lessening their ability to keep us fat.

One of the actions we can take to change the expression of our genes may be surgical.

  1. Are you still taking on new clients? I returned to Rochester, MN area in 2007. Just about daily, I meet pretty desperate cancer patients that have come to the Mayo for treatment. Many a time, when talking with these people, I have thought of you, and how you could help these people.

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