Tons of genetics research has been done over the past decade. But no one is reading it or putting it into practice.

My goal is to explain current health, nutrition, and genomics research so that everyone can benefit from it.

Learn. Experiment. Optimize.


Vitamins and Foods:

Inflammation and Immune Response:

  • Tendinitis Genes
    Do you have problems with your tennis elbow, rotator cuff, knees, or Achilles tendon? Discover how your genes influence the risk of having tendon problems.
  • Small Fiber Neuropathy: Genetics, Causes, and Possible Solutions
    Small Fiber Neuropathy (SFN) results in burning pain, numbness, odd sensations, or autonomic nervous system issues. Learn more about the possible causes and potential solutions to this debilitating disorder.
  • Spike Protein, Mast Cells, Histamine, and Heart Rhythms
    Do you know of someone with unexplained heart palpitations, spiking blood pressure, dizziness, and tinnitus? Discover how research is linking these symptoms to histamine, mast cells, and the spike protein.

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Disease Prevention:

  • TTR gene: hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis
    New research shows that hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis (hATTR) may be more common, especially in people of African ancestry. Understand your genetic risk before irreversible damage.
  • Prions: When proteins go awry
    Prions are able to infect, causing the normal protein around them to also misfold. These misfolded proteins aggregate to cause neurogenerative disease. Susceptibility to prion diseases depends in part on your genes.
  • APOBEC3 Family of Genes
    The APOBEC3 family of enzymes has a unique way of stopping viruses from replicating. Your genes can affect whether the virus becomes inactive or more virulent.

Metabolic Health

  • Fatty Liver: Genetic variants that increase the risk of NAFLD
    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can be caused by genetic susceptibility, diet, and lifestyle factors. The good news is that fatty liver disease is reversible.
  • LDL Cholesterol Genes
    Your genes combine with your diet to influence your LDL cholesterol level. Learn more about why LDL cholesterol levels may matter in heart disease and find out how your genes are important here.
  • GLP-1: Appetite, Insulin, and Genetics
    GLP-1, a small peptide, tells your pancreas to release insulin after a meal and signals to your brain to stop eating. If you are someone who struggles with appetite, weight, or with diabetes, the GLP-1 hormone may be at the heart of your issues.

Methylation Cycle:

  • Migraines: Genes, Root Causes, and Personalized Solutions
    Your genes play a role in your susceptibility to migraines. Find out what is going on when you have a migraine and solutions that fit your genes.
  • MTHFR: How to check your data for C677T and A1298C
    The MTHFR gene is important for how your body utilizes folate (vitamin B9) for creating neurotransmitters, detoxifying toxicants, and maintaining a healthy heart. Check your 23andMe or AncestryDNA data for the MTHFR C677T and A1298C variants.
  • MTHFR – Beyond C677T and A1298C
    The MTHFR C677T and A1298C variants get a lot of press but they do not give the whole picture for the MTHFR gene. There are additional variants impacting the functionality of the enzyme. (Member’s article)

Detoxification:

  • Mercury: Genetic Variants that Impact Detoxification
    What are the physiological effects of mercury and how does the body eliminates it? Discover how genetic variants play a role in how quickly you excrete mercury.
  • Mold Genes: How Do Mycotoxins Affect You?
    Exposure to certain kinds of mold can cause chronic, negative health effects. Discover how genetic variants impact the ability to handle mycotoxins.
  • Arsenic detoxification and your genes
    Arsenic exposure occurs via well water, in certain foods, and through breathing. This article covers the pathways the body uses to get rid of arsenic, and it includes information on genetic variants that may impair the detoxification of arsenic.

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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 over 2 million readers, equipping people to use their genetic data to optimize their health. 

Debbie Moon, Founder of Genetic Lifehacks