I’ve taken a deep dive into the research on how genetic variants can impact your life and how you can get around the problem spots – thus Genetic ‘Lifehacks’. I’m freely sharing what I’ve learned to help you understand the link between your genes, nutrients, health, and longevity.
My background is in engineering and education, and I’m currently working on a master’s in biological sciences. I look at the evidence-based science, make connections, and then present logical applications for lifestyle and diet option — based on genetics.
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MTHFR and Migraines - The MTHFR genetic variants have been well researched and linked to a number of different chronic conditions such as an increased risk of heart disease, depression, and neural tube defects. In a nutshell, the MTHFR Read more… CRISPR Babies and HIV Resistance - Headline news from two weeks ago proclaimed that the first genetically modified babies (twins) had been born in China. The CRISPR gene editing tool had been used on the embryo to edit the babies’ genome Read more… PCSK9 Gene Variants and Cholesterol - The PCSK9 gene codes for an enzyme that is involved in cholesterol transport. It binds to LDL particles which transport fat molecules, including cholesterol, throughout the body. LDL particles bind to LDL receptors which allows Read more… Low HDL Cholesterol Levels Can Be Genetic - HDL cholesterol is known as the ‘good’ cholesterol. A study in the late 1970’s known as the Framingham Study determined that higher levels of HDL cholesterol were protective against heart disease. This is one of Read more… Gallstone Genes - Gallstones are not something you usually think about — until something goes wrong. And then you think about it a lot! Gallstones are usually made up of cholesterol but can also contain calcium bilirubinate. It Read more… Medications and Your Genes - Here’s a dirty little secret: not all prescription drugs will work for you. Ok, that isn’t really a secret. Anyone who has ever gotten a prescription from their doctor knows it is usually accompanied by Read more… Mediterranean Diet and Your Genes - This website is all about how your genes make a difference in your body’s response to dietary choices. Some people are awesome at breaking down dietary carbohydrates; others are champs at converting carrots into vitamin Read more… Psoriasis Genes - Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes dry, sometimes itchy patches of skin. It is caused by the immune system attacking your skin cells, speeding up the turnover of the cells. Everyone’s skin cells are Read more…