Connect Access Card for Wardlaw's Perspectives in Nutrition by Carol Byrd-Bredbenner

By Carol Byrd-Bredbenner

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Did not inherit the potential for heart disease put themselves at risk of this disease by becoming obese, smoking, abusing alcohol, and not getting medical treatment to keep blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes under control. Your Genetic Profile By recognizing your potential for developing a particular disease, you can avoid behaviors that contribute to it. For example, women with a family history of breast cancer should avoid becoming obese, minimize alcohol use, and get mammograms regularly.

Ether and benzene). The lipid type called a triglyceride is the major form of fat in foods and a key energy source for the body. 6 They are composed of 3 fatty acids attached to a glycerol molecule. Fatty acids are long chains of carbon flanked by hydrogen with an acid group attached to the end opposite glycerol. Most lipids can be separated into 2 basic types—saturated and unsaturated—based on the chemical structure of their dominant fatty acids. This difference helps determine whether a lipid is solid or liquid at room temperature, as well as its effect on health.

In recent years, scientists have developed ways of testing a person’s genes for the likelihood of developing certain diseases. Genetic tests are especially valuable for families afflicted by certain illnesses. 6 Advance knowledge that a disease is likely to develop may provide opportunities to replace genes that encourage diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, with those that do not. , consider alternatives, such as adoption) and help health-care providers develop health and nutrition care plans that delay the onset of the disease.

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