What is Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic Syndrome is a serious condition that raises the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other health problems. Metabolic risk factors include:
- BMI above 30 or a waist circumference of 35 for women and 40 for men
- High blood pressure
- High triglyceride levels (fat in your blood)
- Raised blood sugar
- Lower HDL or “good” cholesterol
One can have any one of these risk factors by itself, but they tend to occur together. Once someone develops three risk factors, they have Metabolic Syndrome.
What is an Inspirator?
An Inspirator is a personal coach. We call our coaches Inspirators because they do so much more than simply coach – they educate, motivate, hold their participants accountable, and are 100% committed to seeing each of their participants achieve their goals. They inspire them to become the best version of themselves.
What is Precision Health?
Precision Health leverages genetic testing and deep behavioral insights to design and deliver a highly tailored experience to inspire the right daily lifestyle (nutrition, exercise, behavioral well-being, and sleep) to live healthier everyday.
How does Genetic Testing work?
Newtopia Genetics looks at 4 genes that affect weight, stress, and lifestyle. Looking at these 4 genes helps us make the best recommendations for each participant as it relates to their diet, activity, and behavior change.
What is the genetic test?
A genetic testing kit will be sent to participants after they’ve completed their Welcome Call. The test is saliva-based swab test, so participants are able to easily collect the samples at home. The postage is already paid by us and the return package is labelled.
Who sees the results from the genetic test?
Only a participant’s Inspirator receives the results to review and prepare a genetic reveal. They will use the information to customize the participant’s program to ensure that every aspect of their health is covered. These results are never shared with the participant’s employer or insurance provider.
What does the FTO – The Body Fat Gene do?
If a participant has a variation in this gene, compared to those without this genetic variation, their body may have a more difficult time breaking down and using carbs. When these are eaten in excess, they are more likely to convert these calories into fat. In addition, regular exercise at a higher intensity combined with dietary modification will help them achieve their health goals.
What does the DRD2 – The Eating Behavior Gene do?
If a participant has a variation in this gene they may have a reduced dopamine uptake. Dopamine is our pleasure hormone. If the brain does not receive enough dopamine, it will continue searching for satisfaction (other methods to increase pleasure) elsewhere. This can lead to eating more foods that may be associated with a feeling of pleasure.
What does the MC4R – The Appetite Gene do?
If a participant has a variation in this gene the message that they’ve had enough to eat is delayed. When the hormone leptin is released it sends a signal from our digestive system to our brain communicating fullness. Because the signal is delayed someone with a variation in this gene may have a tendency to overeat, which can lead to weight gain.
What does the BDNF – The Resilience to Stress Gene do?
Participants with a variation in this gene might find difficult situations harder to manage and may be more likely to feel stressed or overwhelmed by daily annoyances. Given that BDNF impacts your ability to manage stress, you may find you are more likely to experience low mood related to challenging life events. Low levels of BDNF in the brain have also been shown to increase appetite and decrease energy expenditure which can lead to overeating and weight gain.
Regular exercise that releases endorphins (feel-good hormones) combined with dietary modification will help boost their mental fitness, lower stress levels, and reduce their risk of obesity.
How do we identify program eligibility?
There are two ways to identify an individual’s eligibility for Newtopia:
1. Biometric Screenings
For customers who have a program in place to encourage their employees to get biometric screenings, Newtopia works directly with the lab to access the results. Newtopia looks for two or more Metabolic Risk Factors in the biometric screening results.
2. An Online Risk Screener
The Newtopia Online Risk Screener is a short questionnaire based off the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test. The answers to the questions being asked can determine eligibility. The Newtopia Online Risk Screener is the least invasive method to assess eligibility and the most inclusive. The experience of completing the Risk Screener is being gamified to become more interactive.