Snips about SNPs: Diabetes and TCF7L2

Diabetes is usually blamed on eating the wrong foods, but your genes play a big role in your susceptibility to the disease. The TCF7L2 (transcription factor 7-like 2) gene codes for a protein that activates many genes involved in type 2 diabetes,  including glucagon-like peptide 1 GLP1. Genetic variants are associated with a decreased or impaired … Read more

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 genes mean that foods don’t taste the same to everyone. Members: … Read more

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 is important to make sure you get plenty of folate-rich foods … Read more

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 greater risk of opioid dependence. Members: See your data below Log … Read more