Glucose Response: Caffeine and Carbs interact with Your Genes

An interesting study in Nature called Genetic Polymorphisms in ADORA2A and CYP1A2 Influence Caffeine’s Effect on Postprandial Glycaemia (open access!) caught my eye today. The study investigated how the genetic variants for caffeine metabolism interact with carbohydrate consumption. Spoiler alert: caffeine along with carbs…

Telomere Length: How your genes affect telomeres and aging

telomeres and aging

What are telomeres and why are they important? Telomeres are the region of repeated nucleotides (the A, G, and T’s) that are found on the ends of all of your chromosomes.  They cap off the end of the chromosomes, protecting the nuclear DNA during…

Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome

chronic lyme genes

Lyme disease affects 300,000 people a year in the US, mostly in the Northeast and upper Midwest but found in almost all states. It is also a disease that is controversial, causing heated online arguments, misunderstood patients, and sometimes wacky cures. [source] The interesting…

Snips about SNPs: Hangry Gene

Ever wonder how your friends can go all day without eating — or why they love intermittent fasting — when you get so irritable and grumpy?  Perhaps you have the “Hangry Gene”. Or, more accurately, perhaps you carry a genetic variant in the GNB3…

Snips about SNPs: BCMO1 and beta-carotene

The BCMO1 gene is responsible for the enzyme that converts beta-carotene into the active form of vitamin A that your body needs.  SNPs in this gene cause it to not function as well, possibly leaving you deficient in vitamin A. These two SNPs add…

Hacking your migraines: solutions personalized for you

Migraine plague more than a billion people worldwide;  women are affected three times more often than men. [ref] That is a lot of people who know the pain, mental fogginess, sensitivity to light, and overwhelming desire to crawl into a dark hole and hide…

How to use your genetic data for biohacking

Biohacking is a term that is usually applied to optimizing health by utilizing tools such as supplements, peptides, biofeedback, photobiomodulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation… and more! One more tool to add to that biohacking toolbox is utilizing your genetic data. You can easily use your…

Will you go bald? Genetics and baldness

Male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia, is a condition that will affect the majority of men of European descent by the age of 50.  So the question of “Will you go bald” should be… “Will you be the one who keeps your hair?” What…

Prions: When proteins go awry

What is non-living, doesn’t have DNA but yet can infect, replicate, and eventually cause death?  Sounds like either a really bad riddle or an episode of the Walking Dead…  The answer is a type of protein called a prion. Prions are a bit hard…

Athletic Performance Genes

With enough training, a perfect diet, mental fortitude, and the right equipment… and any of us could be an elite athlete, right? While I would like to say, “of course, you can do anything!”, it turns out that genetics plays a role in athleticism…