Welcome to Genetic Lifehacks!

My goal is to show you how to use your genetic raw data:

  • Learn how your genes impact your physical and mental health
  • Explore evidence-based solutions that may work for your genes
  • Apply current health and genetics research

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Read the Latest Articles:

  • Gut Genes
    This article digs into how the genetic variants you inherited from mom and dad influence the bacteria that can reside within you and how dietary changes can make a difference.
  • Genetic reasons why Low FODMAPs isn’t working for you (SI Gene)
    The low FODMAPs diet is often recommended as a starting point for anyone with IBS symptoms but genetics can limit its effectiveness.
  • Genetics, chronic fatigue syndrome, and long-haul viruses
    A look into the science of the lingering effects triggered by viruses including chronic fatigue syndrome and long-haul viruses.
  • Genetics and Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
    Grinding your teeth at night can be due, in part, to genetic variants in the serotonin genes.
  • Fatty Liver: Genetic variants that increase the risk of NAFLD
    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can be caused by a combination of genetic susceptibility, diet, and lifestyle factors. The good news is that fatty liver disease is reversible.
  • Cystic Fibrosis: Check to see if you are a carrier
    Being a carrier of a cystic fibrosis mutation increases the risk of several diseases including pneumonia from respiratory viruses, pancreatitis, and male infertility. (Member’s article)
  • Top 10 Genes to Check in Your Genetic Raw Data
    Wondering what is important in your genetic raw data? Check out this list of 10 genes to look at in your 23andMe or AncestryDNA data.
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
    A genetic mutation in the SERPINA1 gene causes alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. This increases a person’s susceptibility to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and, in some cases, cirrhosis of the liver. Knowing that you carry this mutation can be a great incentive to avoid smoking and to be kind to your liver.
  • Inclusion Body Myositis: Recent Research and Genetic Links
    Inclusion body myositis is a progressive, chronic condition that causes muscle weakness. It may be an interplay between inflammation, the dysregulation of proteins, mitochondrial dysfunction, and changes to autophagy. Somewhere in the mix, autoimmunity may be triggering it.
  • Vaccines, Genetics, and Autoimmune Diseases: A roundup of the research
    A look into the research-backed studies showing how certain vaccines may slightly increase the absolute risk of autoimmune diseases in susceptible individuals. (Member’s article)
  • CYP2C19 – Metabolizing medications
    Several popular drugs such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Plavix are metabolized by the CYP2C19 enzyme. There are important genetic variants in the CYP2C19 gene that changes how fast or slowly these drugs are broken down. Learn how these variants might affect their efficacy. (Member’s article)
  • Diabetes: Genetic Risk Report
    We often talk about diabetes as though it is one disease, but diabetes can have several different causes or pathways that are impacting glucose regulation. Tailoring your diabetes prevention (or reversal) efforts to fit your genetic susceptibility may be more effective. Use your genetic raw data to learn more about diabetes and your genetic risk.

My Story

Hi! I’m Debbie Moon. Welcome to Genetic Lifehacks.

When I first had my genetic data sequenced, I was both amazed at the research available in academic journals and frustrated by the difficult language and disconnected topics.

Genetic Lifehacks began as a way to share what I was learning about genetics with my family and friends. My goal has always been to freely share information so that everyone can benefit.

As the website grew in popularity, I decided that I needed to know more… both more about genetics and more about how the pieces of the biological systems fit together. Since my undergraduate degree was in engineering, I went back to school and received my Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University.

Now a full-time endeavor, Genetic Lifehacks has reached almost 2 million readers, equipping people to use their genetic data to optimize their health. 

Debbie Moon, Founder of Genetic Lifehacks