DIY Genetic Weight Loss Report

Do your genes play a role in how much you weigh? Absolutely! But before you get all excited about blaming genetics for being overweight, lifestyle factors such as diet, meal timing, and exercise are also really important. This DIY genetics report shows you how…

BChE: Nightshade sensitivity, Anesthesia risk, and more

The BCHE gene codes for the butyrylcholinesterase enzyme. The BChE enzyme is found in the plasma of the blood. It is a cholinesterase which breaks apart choline esters, such as acetylcholine. Why is this important? Genetic variants of the BChE gene decrease this enzyme’s…

Rheumatoid Arthritis Genes

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of joint pain that is caused by an autoimmune response. About 1% of the population deals with the pain of RA. What causes rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an immune system attack on the joints, causing…

Diabetes: Genetic Risk Report

We often talk about diabetes as though it is one disease, but diabetes can have several different causes or pathways that are impacting glucose regulation. Tailoring your diabetes prevention (or reversal) efforts to fit your genetic susceptibility may be more effective. Is Diabetes Genetic?…

Rapamycin, mTOR, and Your Genes

Rapamycin (also known as sirolimus) is an antibiotic that is used as an immunosuppressant, an anti-cancer agent, and to prevent blocked arteries. This decades-old antibiotic and antifungal drug is now the focus of longevity and healthspan-extending research as a part of combating the diseases…

Vitamin D, Genes, and Your Immune System

Vitamin D is more than just a ‘vitamin’.  It is actually a hormone that is essential to so many processes in your body – including your immune system. This article explains how vitamin D interacts with the immune system and which genetic variants that…

CYP2A6: Breaking down nicotine and other medications

How many cigarettes a day a person smokes – and how hard it is for them to quit – is at least party dependent on the CYP2A6 gene. This article explains the function of the CYP2A6 gene, which is part of the CYP450 family…

Ringing in your ears? Genetics, Tinnitus, and Meniere’s disease

Vertigo, constant ringing, and nausea…  It sounds like a trip on a roller coaster after drinking a cherry slushie!  This describes everyday life for many people with Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disorder causing vertigo and ringing in the ear. Meniere’s can also cause…

Should you increase your vitamin C intake? Genetics and vitamin C absorption

Vitamin C is often the first supplement most of us reach for when getting sick. Whether upping the OJ or going with a supplement, vitamin C is known for its ability to boost the immune system. It turns out, though, that vitamin C is…

9 Genes that Impact the Response to Vaccines

Way back in 1796, a scientist name Edward Jenner injected some cowpox into a boy in hopes it would inoculate the child against smallpox. It worked and was the first crude vaccine. Lots more to that story – and not all of it is…