Are your cavities caused by genetics?

Genetics and Cavities: Check your 23 and Me data

Friends accuse me of thinking that everything is genetic. Well – there is some truth to that accusation!  To be honest, though, there are a lot of things that have genetic connections that really surprise me. I had always assumed that my cavities were…

Privacy and Your Genes

privacy of your genetic data

I received an email from Promethease a few days ago that I wanted to share with all of you, along with my thoughts on keeping genetic data private. Genetics and Privacy: I’ve found in talking with people about genetics that there are often two…

Glyphosate: Interaction with Genetics

RoundUp is the most widely used herbicide in the world. It is made by Monsanto, which is now owned by Bayer. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in RoundUp, and it will kill most broadleaf plants and grasses. [ref] Glyphosate works by blocking the shikimate…

TNF-alpha: Inflammation Genes

genetic variants 23andme TNF alpha

Do you feel like you are always dealing with inflammation? Joint pain, food sensitivity, etc? Perhaps you are genetically geared towards a higher inflammatory response. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is an inflammatory cytokine that acts as a signaling molecule in our immune system. In…

Estrogen: How it is made and how we get rid of it

genetics and estrogen metabolism

Estrogen is usually thought of as the female hormone. While it is true that women produce more estrogen than men, this is a topic that applies to all of us. Estrogen – from how much is made to how it is broken down –…

Gingivitis and Your Genes

Have you ever gone to the dentist, expecting a good report, only to be fussed at by the hygienist for bleeding gums? You brushed, flossed, and stayed away from candy for the past six months — so why on earth do you still have…

Living to 100: Longevity and Genetics

There are several genes known as “longevity” genes that increase your odds of becoming a centenarian. Specific variants of these genes are associated with an increased likelihood of living to be 100 or more. And…  more importantly, these genetic variants are linked to longer…

Tryptophan: Building serotonin and melatonin

For a lot of people, tryptophan brings to mind napping on the couch after eating a huge amount of Thanksgiving turkey. (Turns out that it isn’t really true that the tryptophan in turkey makes you sleepy – but the post Thanksgiving dinner nap phenomenon…

Wrinkles and Age Spots

Time marches on, we all get older, and our skin shows the signs of aging. Some people age beautifully with great looking skin; others slather on creams and odd gunk in a futile battle to chase away wrinkles and age spots. Then there is…

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…