Category «Disease Prevention»

Too much of a good thing: Mushrooms intolerance and your genes

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I love mushrooms and can eat them in abundance – especially sauteed in a little butter with some salt sprinkled on them!  Yum!  So I was fascinated to read a study that linked mushrooms, a certain gene variant, and Crohn’s disease symptoms. The study, Mushroom intolerance: a novel diet-gene interaction in Crohn’s disease, was published in …

Carbohydrate metabolism: Your genes play a role in insulin and blood glucose levels

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When it comes to advice about the best diet, the things that everyone seems to accept as gospel don’t always hold true when researchers actually look into them.  Take the glycemic index for example: Around since the 1980’s, accepted dogma holds that white bread will very quickly raise everyone’s blood glucose levels with a GI …

Interaction between high fat diet and ACE deletion

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Wondering if you should cut down on red meat and fat to lower your blood pressure?  According to a new study, it could depend on your genes. A recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association illustrates once again the interaction between genetics and diet.  The study looked at blood pressure measurements in …

Diet – Gene Interaction in Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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A new study just came out in the FASEB Journal that looked at the interaction between polyunsaturated fat and the Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor-γ Coactivator 1-α (PPARGC1A) gene.  The study found that those with the minor allele (C) of rs4235308 combined with a lower PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) to saturated fat ratio cut their risk of type …

Building Up Iron – Genetics, Diet, and Health Effects

I have blogged before about hemochromatosis and the importance of checking your DNA results for the genetic variants that cause it, but I’m revisiting the topic today with updated research on the topic of iron overload. This is a personal cause for me, and getting the word out to as many people as possible is …

Increased Inflammation and IL-17A Polymorphisms

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In looking into the effects of emulsifiers on our gut, I came across quite a few genetic polymorphisms that are involved in increased inflammation and increased risk of inflammatory bowel diseases.  IL-17A is one of these pro-inflammatory gene polymorphisms. IL-17A is a pro-inflammatory part of our immune system that, while necessary in times of injury …

Checking Your Carrier Status for Genetic Diseases

How to check your 23andMe or Ancestry data to see if you are a carrier for a rare genetic disease.

“Carrier status” for a genetic disease means that you are heterozygous (have one copy) for a mutation that causes a genetic disease.  Generally, these are the rare diseases that you would need two copies of the variant to have the disease. Take cystic fibrosis as an example…  the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation explains that “People with …

Empowering YOU to Understand Your Genes

Genetic Lifehacks - Information on your genes that you can put into action today.

Welcome to Genetic LifeHacks! The whole point of this blog is to share current research on genetics that you can actually use, breaking down the science into something that you can apply.  Personalized medicine and health information based on your genes will be mainstream…  someday.  Why not make that ‘someday’ become today?  A lot of information …

Aspirin, colon cancer, and genetics

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I don’t usually blog about cancer risks, mainly because I don’t want to alarm anyone into taking unnecessary actions.  There are lots of very common polymorphisms that add a little bit to your risk for cancer, but environment also plays a big role. This post is to let people know that a cancer prevention option …

Weight Loss Genetics – FTO Polymorphisms

The FTO gene is nick-named the ‘fat gene’ because of its association with obesity.  It was identified less than ten years ago in genome wide association studies that looked at tens of thousands of people at a time to find out which genes are involved in obesity.  But identifying the gene didn’t explain why it was …