Your genes interact with your diet and lifestyle to influence your susceptibility to many common diseases such as diabetes, PCOS, and migraines. Learn how to use your genetic data to discover your risk for chronic conditions, find the right solutions, and prevent diseases before they occur.
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.
Are you someone that gets sinus infections that seem to last forever? Your genes may be important here - and help to point you towards solutions that are personal for you.
Researchers are finding that blood type may play a role in the susceptibility to coronavirus. While this may seem strange at first, blood type actually influences susceptibility and severity of several different pathogenic diseases.
ARDS is caused by an overwhelming immune response to a virus, bacteria, or lung injury. Learn more about which of your immune system genes are involved in ARDS.
Lynch Syndrome increases the risk of certain cancers. The cause relates to inherited mutations in the genes responsible for stopping the replication of cancerous cells. Learn how cancer occurs, risks involved with this particular syndrome, and prevention strategies to implement for risk reduction.
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. Learn how vitamin D interacts with the immune system and which genetic variants that are linked with low vitamin D levels. We will wrap up with ways to increase your vitamin D level.
Your circadian rhythm influences your immune response. Learn how this rhythm controls white blood cell production and why melatonin is important in protecting against viral and bacterial infections.
Taking an in-depth look at the research and evidence about vaccinations and MTHFR... Learn about what the studies show regarding a link (or lack thereof) between the MTHFR variant and vaccines.
A couple of common mutations can cause you to build up iron, leading to iron overload or hemochromatosis. This is one genetic disease where knowledge is really powerful - you can completely prevent hemochromatosis through blood donations.
Not all of your type 2 diabetes risk is from what you eat. Genetics plays a role in diabetes -- it can 'run in the family'. The key here is that there are different genetic reasons and specific solutions that may work better for prevention.
An inborn error of metabolism can influence your body's ability to easily utilize short-chain fatty acids for energy. Check to see if you carry any of the covered mutations.
One very important gene that has been very well researched for Alzheimer’s disease is the APOE gene. Late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (after age 60) is thought to be influenced both by genes and by environmental factors, so keep in mind when looking at your genetic risk that your genes are only one part of the equation when it comes to Alzheimer’s. Learn about your Alzheimer's risk -- and what you can do to prevent this disease.
A genetic mutation in the SERPINA1 gene causes alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. This increases a person’s susceptibility to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and, in some cases, cirrhosis of the liver. Knowing that you carry this mutation can be a great incentive to avoid smoking and to be kind to your liver.
Migraine plague more than a billion people worldwide. 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 from the world. Knowing how your genes influence your risk of migraines can help you tailor solutions that may work better for you.
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is a genetic condition of inflammatory episodes that cause painful joints, pain in the abdomen, or pain in the chest, and is most often accompanied by a fever. FMF is often misdiagnosed as various pain-related conditions such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, or gouty arthritis.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that causes an increase in androgen hormone production in women. There is no single gene that causes PCOS, but there are genetic variants in several hormonal pathways that increase the risk for it.
There are multiple causes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and genetics can definitely play a role in IBS symptoms. Pinpointing your genetic cause may help you to figure out the right solution for you.
It is estimated that 250,000 – 300,000 of the US veterans that served in the Gulf War have had lingering, chronic effects known as Gulf War Illness. Learn about the research on this topic as well as the genetic variants that are involved in the susceptibility to GWI.
The hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF1A) gene codes for a transcription factor, which responds to the amount of oxygen available to the cell. This is important in cancer prevention, and several HIF1A genetic variants alter the susceptibility to several types of cancer.
The interesting thing about Lyme disease is that the genetic variants you carry impacts both how the disease affects you and how well antibiotics work for you. Learn whether your genetic variants are linked to post treatment lyme disease symptoms such as joint pain.
People who are of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry are at a higher risk of certain genetic diseases. You can check your genetic raw data to see if you carry some of the mutations that are more common for people of Ashkenazi descent.
Studies show that processed meat consumption increases the risk of colon cancer. But when you factor in genetics, it turns out that only people carrying certain genetic variants are at an increased risk. Learn more and check your genes.
Epidemiological studies show that regular aspirin or NSAID use decreases the risk of colon cancer. This article digs into the genetic variants that may benefit the most from aspirin and colon cancer prevention.
Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease facing many of us as we age. The good news here is that knowing where your genetic susceptibility lies can lead you to targeted, personalized solutions for osteoporosis.
A genetic variant in the FUT2 gene controls whether or not you secrete your blood type into your saliva and other bodily fluids, such as your intestinal mucosa. This alters the gut microbiome - and protects you from Norovirus.