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Nutrigenomics: Food as Medicine | Cure Today

posted Jul 20, 2016, 8:59 AM by Amanda Bontempo   [ updated Jul 20, 2016, 9:21 AM ]
During last Tuesday’s 2015 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama reminded us of the importance of personalized medicineThe White House Office of Sciences associate director, Jo Handelsman, describes precision medicine as “an emerging approach to promoting health and treating disease that takes into account individual differences in people’s genes, environments and lifestyles.”1  

We’ve also heard from CURE,2 how precision medicine is a model in which a treatment plan is based on an individual’s genetic characteristics and tumor genetics. This, in place of a cookie-cutter approach to treatment that can be very effective for some but very limited for others. Cancer treatment has entered this new model as patients with breast, lung, colorectal cancers and melanoma routinely undergo DNA testing as part of their care enabling their physicians to select the best possible treatments for them individually. In fact, some genetic testing like the BRCA mutations, which increase the risk for breast and ovarian cancers, are required to be covered under the federal Affordable Care Act if recommended by a healthcare provider.

Knowing how genes and nutrients interact could likewise be the prescription for improved health.

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