06/16/2011 10:42 am ET Updated Aug 16, 2011

The Cure For Disease: Is It In Your Genes?

If you've been waiting to jump on the personalized nutrition bandwagon, now may be the time. A new study conducted by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, along with the labs of Floyd H. 'Ski' Chilton, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology and director of the Center for Botanical Lipids and Inflammatory Disease Prevention, and Rasika Mathias, Sc.D, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explores the connections between your genetic background and your ability to process disease prevention and treatment.

The Times of India reports that the study focuses on ancestry as an indicator, and the differences in ethnicity in processing polyunsaturated fat. Understanding how we react to polyunsaturated fat, or PUFA, may lead to knowledge of why different groups have different health needs and how we can address these needs more directly.

The study, which will be published in The British Journal of Nutrition, shines light on the focus of personalized public health regiments, particularly how we can eliminate specific health burdens from the populations most in need.