Snips about SNPs: Low LDL Cholesterol

Low LDL cholesterol throughout life and a decreased risk of heart disease? Sign me up! No, this isn’t the latest pill from a pharmaceutical company, but a genetic variant that some people have. The PCSK9 gene codes for an enzyme that is important in…

Snips about SNPs: Taste Receptors

Do you love dark chocolate and coffee? Both of them have bitter flavors that some people can taste – and some people cannot!  We have a bunch of different genes that code for different taste receptors. So different genetic variants of those taste receptor…

Snips about SNPs: High Triglycerides and APOA5

The APOA5 gene codes for a lipoprotein that is important in triglyceride metabolism. A variant in the APOA5 gene is linked to higher triglyceride levels and also an increased risk of heart disease.  [ref] Check your genetic data for rs662799 (23andMe v4, v5; AncestryDNA): A/A: normal…

Snips about SNPs: MTHFR

The MTHFR gene codes for the enzyme that converts folate into the form that your body needs in the methylation cycle (methylfolate).  There are two main SNPs that have been shown to decrease the efficiency of the MTHFR enzyme.  For both of these, it…

Snips about SNPs: Opioid Receptor

Your body’s reaction to opiates, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, depends on the opioid receptor.  Genetic variants in OPRM1 (opioid receptor, mu 1) change your response to opioids. This can mean more pain, which leads to increased dosages… And this can lead to a…

Snips about SNPs: HIV resistance

Check your 23andMe for resistance to HIV

The CCR5 gene codes for a protein used by your immune system.  In order to hijack immune cells, the HIV virus uses CCR5 to sneak inside. A mutation in CCR5 known as Delta 32 causes a change in the protein that makes it non-functional….

Snips about SNPs: ADA gene and sleepiness

Do you wake up every morning feeling groggy? Adenosine building up during the day is one thing that drives us to feel sleepy during the night. Then while you sleep, the adenosine is cleared out, leaving you refreshed and ready to go in the…

Snips about SNPs: Omega-3’s from plants

Omega-3 fatty acids are good for you in several ways, but one big thing we gain from omega 3’s is DHA and EPA for brain health.  These two fatty acids are linked to lower heart disease and better brains. The body can convert plant-based…

Snips about SNPs: Digesting Carbs

Amylase is the enzyme used in the first step of breaking down carbohydrates for fuel. Not everyone produces the same amount of amylase.  Some people are champs at breaking down carbs. Other people may need to take it a little bit easier on the…

Snips about SNPs: Evening chronotypes

The aptly named CLOCK gene is part of your core circadian rhythm. Recently, researchers have linked the circadian clock to a variety of different chronic conditions including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Your CLOCK gene variant may impact whether you are more likely…