LDL Cholesterol

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and around the world, and high LDL-cholesterol levels have been linked in many studies to increased heart disease. Standard medical advice on ideal cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease is often confusing, ever-changing, and…

Plant Sterols for Lowering Cholesterol Depends on Genetics

One recommendation often made for lowering cholesterol levels is to consume higher amounts of plant sterols.  You can find plant sterols in supplements such as beta-sitosterol or spreads like Benecol or SmartBalance margarine. These butter alternatives are marketed as a heart-healthy way to help…

Lipoprotein(a): A big genetic risk for heart disease

lipoprotein(a) gene check your 23andMe

By reading this information, you could possibly save your life today. This isn’t a scare tactic or overblown health-alert type of article – just statistics and solid genetics research on the increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of…

Advanced Glycation End Products

Recent research shows that advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are a causative factor in many degenerative diseases – including almost all of the diseases associated with aging. AGEs have been linked to Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, wrinkles and loss of skin…

High blood pressure due to AGTR1 gene variants

Blood pressure may not be something that you think much about – unless your doctor is harping about it being high or low.  The CDC statistics, though, make a pretty compelling argument that a lot of us should be thinking about blood pressure. It…

NAD+ Reversing Aging? Overview of NR and NMN

NAD+ article including human studies on NR and NMN

Nicotinamide riboside (NR) and nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) are two supplements that have taken the longevity and anti-aging world by storm. With animal studies showing exciting results including reversal of age-related diseases, these supplements are an exciting glimpse into the future of reversing aging. Just…

The genetics of high triglycerides

Triglycerides are the main type of fat in your blood. Triglyceride is a general term for a type of lipid containing three fatty acids (tri) bound to a glycerol. Most importantly, triglycerides are used by the body as energy and are stored in adipocytes…

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…

Prothrombin: Blood Clot Risk

You wake up one morning with a pain in your leg, trying to think back as to what you did the previous day to cause it.  Then you notice that your leg is a little swollen and warm…  Oh no, this could be the…

Factor V Leiden

Say you are chopping up peppers for your morning omelet and slip with the knife. Ouch! While cutting your finger seems to produce a huge amount of blood compared to the size of the wound, the actions going on behind the scenes to stop that…