C-Reactive Protein Gene: Marker of Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is the driver of many common diseases such as heart attacks, diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune diseases. Measuring C-reactive protein (CRP) through a simple blood test is one way to know if you have a problem with chronic inflammation. It is an easy biomarker…

Psoriasis Genes

Itchy, painful, cracked skin that won’t go away… crumbling nails, inflamed scalp…. these are just some of the problems that people with psoriasis deal with every day. The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates that about 7.5 million people in the US have psoriasis. There is…

Thyroid Hormone Levels and Your Genes

The thyroid is a master regulator of many of your body’s systems. It is integrally involved in metabolism and helps maintain body temperature, heart rate, breathing, and body weight. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located at the front of your throat…

Genes Involved in Autophagy:

Autophagy is a general term for cellular pathways that move something from the cytoplasm of the cell into the lysosome for degradation. The term comes from the Greek ‘auto’ (self) and ‘-phagy’ (to eat).  So when you see articles touting ‘autophagy diets’ as the…

HLA-B27: Genetic Variants That Increase Susceptibility to Autoimmune Diseases

HLA-B27 - check your 23andMe or AncestryDNA

Our immune system does an awesome job (most of the time) of fighting off pathogenic bacteria and viruses. But to fight off these pathogens, the body needs to know that they are the bad guys. This is where the HLA system comes in. What is…

Increased Inflammation and IL-17A Genetic Variants

Articles about ‘inflammation’ seem to be everywhere these days, and inflammation seems to be blamed for everything from heart disease to mood disorders to obesity. But how does this somewhat nebulous idea of too much inflammation tie into our genes?  It seems that some…