Episode 19: Do Genetics Play a Role in Obesity?

The Right Way to Care with Kevin O'Connell

What Makes a Gene Turn On?

Can obesity run in the family? “It’s all part of the conversation,” says Kathryn Giglia, RN, Director of the Sisters Metabolic Center for Wellness. Kathryn returns to The Right Way to Care to discuss the relationship between our genes and obesity with Kevin O’Connell.

More specifically, epigenetics, which studies if and when a gene expresses itself in a certain person. Medical researchers are still in the early stages of discovering how a trait like obesity could be passed down through generations. They’re also learning more about triggers within the body that cause a gene like this to “turn on” at a certain point in life. “So we are working sometimes against things that we can’t always manage,” Kathryn tells Kevin. “But we have a lot of ways that we can help support patients, and at least achieve reasonable and realistic goals.”

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