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One-Size-Fits-All Diet a Thing of the Past

Posted - Jan. 19, 2004 at 3:20 p.m.



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SACRAMENTO, Jan 19, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- One-size-fits-all diets will be a thing of past as health professionals begin to prescribe diets based on history, lifestyle, ethnicity and preferences.

A person's genetic predisposition and medical history are just as important as gender and age when it comes to determining dietary needs, according to an article published in Nutrition Today.

"Health professionals have been using family history of disease to determine their patients' risks for genetic diseases for years," said Lori Hoolihan, research specialist for the Dairy Council of California.

"Now, the science is getting to be such that health professionals will be able to recommend specific foods and nutrients for optimal health based on detailed patient profiles."

But having doctors prescribe individual diets for each patient would be too time consuming, so segmenting the population into smaller groups beyond gender and age to lifestyle, ethnicity and socioeconomic factors, will provide one level of customization, according to Hoolihan.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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