Weight Management Carbohydrate Sensitivity

Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Carbohydrate Sensitivity is


What does this mean?

Likely to have a low carbohydrate sensitivity Your genotypes indicate that you are more likely to be insulin resistant, and thus may be carbohydrate-sensitive. Insulin resistance is also associated with a higher risk of obesity.

How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?

This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Carbohydrate Sensitivity.

Your Genotype
What it means?
Genes: ADRB2_exon1.2
Your Genotype: CG
What it means? Less likely to be insulin resistant than individuals with CC genotype
Genes: FABP2
Your Genotype: GG
What it means? Typical


This report does not diagnose any health conditions or provide medical advice. This should not be used as a diagnostic tool.
This result is limited to existing scientific research.
Please consult with a healthcare professional before making any major lifestyle changes or if you have any other concerns about your results.

What is Carbohydrate Sensitivity?

Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients in the human diet, along with protein and fat. Carbohydrate-rich foods are an essential component of the diet, providing the glucose that is continuously required by the nervous system and some other cells and tissues in the body for normal function. There are simple and complex carbohydrates which simple carbohydrates are sugars, they provide a rapid source of energy, but the consumer soon feels hungry. Examples of simple carbohydrates include white bread, carbonated beverages, corn syrup, fruit juice and honey. Complex carbohydrates on the other hand, consist of long chains of sugar molecules, they tend to fill you up for longer, and they are considered more healthful, as they contain more vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Examples of complex carbohydrates include apples, vegetables, unrefined whole grains and brown rice. Our body releases insulin when we consume carbohydrates, which regulates the glucose level in our blood by promoting glucose uptake into cells and the synthesis of glycogen, lipid and protein. Carbohydrate-sensitive individuals have been found to have higher levels of glucose and insulin after adopting diets with moderate and high intakes (18% or 33% of total caloric intake) of sucrose (refined sugar). This effect is commonly caused by a pathological condition called insulin resistant, in which cells fail to respond normally (reduce blood glucose level) to the hormone insulin. The body then releases more insulin, resulting in an increased level of insulin.

How It Affects Your Body

People with higher carbohydrate sensitivity tend to sustain a higher insulin level in the blood combined with a decreased insulin/glucose receptor of the cells. People with this issue tend to have a higher chance of being insulin resistant and develop diabetes. Individuals with this issue are commonly experiencing hunger most of the time and can tend to overeat sometimes.

On the other hand, when you don___t get enough carbohydrates, your blood sugar level may drop below the normal range, causing hypoglycemia. Then, your body will start to burn fat for energy, leading to ketosis.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia include hunger, shakiness, feeling anxious or weak. Meanwhile, symptoms of ketosis include mental fatigue, bad breath, nausea and headache.

Signs and Symptoms

Suggested Lifestyle Changes

Dietary Recommendations:

  1. Take note of the amount and the types of carbohydrates you consume.
  2. The dietary guidelines recommend that carbohydrates provide 45 to 65 % of your daily calorie intake. So if you eat a 2000-calorie diet, you should aim for about 225 to 325 grams of carbohydrates per day. However, it should be emphasised more on complex carbohydrates (E.g. brown rice, quinoa, wholemeal pasta and bread) instead of refined carbohydrates sources (E.g. soda, white bread, ice-cream, energy drinks).
  3. Opt for complex carbohydrates such as unprocessed whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes (E.g. oats, quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat), instead of simple carbohydrates (e.g. white bread, carbonated drinks, pastries, and other highly processed foods), as complex carbohydrates often provide more necessary vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre.

Exercise Recommendations:

  1. Studies have shown that performing regular physical activity shows to improve blood glucose level, improve insulin sensitivity, weight loss and prevent chronic health complications such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
  2. According to RNI Malaysia 2017, it is recommended to engage at least 150 minutesorweek of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g. jogging, skipping rope and badminton) or at least 75 minutesorweek of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g. running, swimming and cycling) or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity activity in order to maintain a general health being.

Result Explanation Recommendations:

    Schedule a consultation session with us
    Get Complementary Consultation.
    If you think you have the symptoms, consult with a healthcare professional.