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The initial impact of nutrigenomics on dietetics will be felt increasingly over the next decade and then will escalate as the research foundation clarifies the interactions among genes, environment and bioactive food components and provides the basis for using these food components to effect desirable outcomes.
In addition, increases in the dietary intake of certain bioactive food components can ameliorate the severity of certain diseases, such as prebiotics in digestive disease and fish oils in inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
He says: "Overall, we are trying to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of fat cells in the body, especially by bioactive food components, with the goal to find therapeutic strategies for not only preventing chronic diseases such as obesity, cancer and heart disease, but promoting overall health.