Molecular estimates of lifestyle habits
It is widely accepted that a healthy diet and increased physical activity constitute fundamental determinants of health and well-being. However, this evidence comes from questionnaires on lifestyle factors that are subject to interpretation, such as nutrition and smoking, creating the need for more objective research methods to measure these habits. Scientists of the EU-funded Lifestyle Analytics project will employ state-of-the-art metabolomics techniques to identify metabolites, nutrients and toxicants associated with lifestyle-related parameters. The idea is to mature these measures into clinical-grade laboratory tests and offer more reliable insight into health while reducing healthcare costs.