The Apo E gene is the number one factor affecting how your body uses “The Big Three” food groups—carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It is extremely important to eat the right balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins for your specific Apo E genotype because it influences the possibility of developing certain diseases, as well as their severity.
The Apo E Gene Diet is not a diet in the usual sense of the word. The word "diet" here means a series of specific recommendations for individual nutrition and other environmental factors, such as exercise and stress levels, to name a few. The goal of the Apo E Gene Diet is disease prevention and a healthier life.
Introduction to the Apo E Gene
We all have the Apo E gene (pronounced by saying each letter, A - P - O - E). This gene plays a key role in our body's internal environment and influences the development of chronic disease, especially heart and Alzheimer’s disease.
The Apo E Gene Diet
The foundation of the Apo E Gene Diet is a nutritional plan that focuses on eating the optimal percentages of The Big Three food groups for your specific Apo E genotype. One diet does not fit all because each Apo E genotype processes foods differently. There is a unique optimal combination of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in the ideal diet for each of the six Apo E genotypes. Creating this optimal balance in your diet provides the foundation for your good health.
A personalized plan for your Apo E genotype will guide you in choosing the optimal:
- fat content with the correct types of fats
- carbohydrate content with the correct types of carbohydrates
- protein content with the correct types of proteins
- caloric content for your needs
- amount and kind of exercise appropriate for you
- balance of stress and relaxation in your life
- mental and emotional environment
- type of energy and intentions you allow into your life (the spiritual component)
Most of the existing dietary recommendations are based on the assumption that one diet is appropriate for everyone. These diets fail to accomplish long-term weight loss or optimal disease prevention because we are not all the same. In reality, diet and exercise recommendations must be individualized, beginning with a person's genetic foundation.
The Apo E Gene Diet focuses on an individual’s genetic recipe, creating dietary and exercise recommendations for each of the six possible Apo E genotypes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to know my Apo E genotype?
Your Apo E genotype greatly affects how your body processes carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, which in turn, affects your weight AND your predisposition toward certain chronic diseases, especially heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.
Once I know my Apo E genotype, can anything be done to reduce my risk of getting these chronic illnesses?
Yes. By adopting a diet and lifestyle that is appropriate for your particular Apo E genotype, you create a "gene-supportive environment (GSE)" for your Apo E genotype. Maintaining this "gene-supportive environment" dramatically reduces your risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.
Can the Apo E Gene Diet help me lose weight?
Yes. Following the dietary and lifestyle guidelines specific to your particular Apo E genotype enables your body to more efficiently process carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. In essence, the Apo E Gene Diet creates a customized plan for your body to help you lose weight, while at the same time minimizing your risk of developing chronic diseases.
Is the Apo E Gene Diet the same for everyone?
No. That’s what so unique about this diet. There are six Apo E genotypes, and each genotype processes food in a unique way. Accordingly, there are specific optimal diet and exercise guidelines for each of the six Apo E genotypes.
How do I find out what my Apo E gene type is?
Learning your Apo E genotype can be accomplished by performing a cheek swab test or a non-fasting blood test.
Can I get my Apo E gene test at any lab?
No. The Apo E gene test is a specialized test – not all labs perform this test.
Does my Apo E gene test need to be ordered by a medical provider?
Yes. This test needs to be ordered by a licensed medical provider.
What does it cost?
$375 out of pocket. You do not want your insurance to pay for this test, because insurance companies may drop people who have a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer's disease.
Do I need to fast for the Apo E gene test?
No. Fasting is not required because we are only examining genetic material.
- Why would I want to learn my Apo E gene type?
- Once I get my results, am I willing to follow the recommended diet, exercise, and wellness program best for my gene type?
- Who is going to support me in undertaking any lifestyle change program?
If you do decide to be tested and embark on THE APO E GENE DIET™ program, we offer guidance and a unique collection of tools for a sustainable lifestyle that will bring you a renewed sense of health and well-being. A holistic assessment and life-balancing program, the Wellness Inventory, will help you gain personal insight into your state of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Personalized telephone consulting rounds out the program.