Pune: Nutrigenomics can help every individual understand what they need to eat and how and when they need to exercise, said Dr Mamta Dighe, a Pune-based gynaecologist. Dighe along with Dr Aradhana Patkar, nutritionist, were talking during an interaction held at Sakal office in Shivajinagar on Tuesday on the occasion of upcoming Women’s Day celebrated worldwide on March 8.
During the interaction, Dr Dighe said that women are least likely to take care of themselves.
“We never keep us as a priority. And we don’t have time for health. However, we should not leave it to chance. It is simple to take care of health and wellness than to take care of illness. Understand the importance of why we should do it. We all are walking with the blueprint,” said Dr Dighe.
She said new research in nutrigenomics decodes the genes which reflect how our eating and exercise habits should change and we all have in our genes what we need. She said women should focus on menstrual health and post reproductive age should be more aware of the post-menopausal conditions.
Nutrition also important
Speaking during the interaction, Dr Aradhana Patkar said what we eat matters a lot. “According to age, nutritional needs change. For growing age, carbohydrate and protein are necessary. We should also focus on how much carbohydrate and protein we need in a day. We should not eat more carbohydrates as they put on weight. Protein is important in our diet. Balancing diet is important as it is vital to all organs. Another thing we should keep in mind is eating with respect to the health issues a person has,” said Dr Patkar.
She said lifestyle changes can have a long-term positive effect. “We can aim for a healthy life through proper nutrition,” said Dr Patkar.
What is nutrigenomics?
Nutrigenomics is a branch of nutritional genomics and is the study of the effects of foods and food constituents on gene expression. It is a field of research focusing on identifying and understanding the molecular-level interaction between nutrients and other dietary bioactives with the genome.