Genetic screening for the benefits of exercise

An example of a genetic test intended to help medical consumers make lifestyle choices appears to have emerged.  According to this press release, BodyMedia has negotiated an exclusive license to genetic technologies based on research “investigating what a person’s genes say about how much their health can benefit from a moderate exercise program.”  This research has been led by Dr. James M. Hagberg of University of Maryland (nice biography here, scroll down; publications here).  Dr. Hagberg’s “team has identified genetic markers that predict particularly significant exercise benefits for patients with a variety of conditions, including high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, and obesity.”  According to an article in the Pittsburgh Business Times, BodyMedia “will integrate the university’s genetics-based guidance with its health-monitoring products.”   


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