Empowering YOU to Understand Your Genes

Genetic Lifehacks - Information on your genes that you can put into action today.
Genetic Lifehacks – Information on your genes that you can put into action today.

Welcome to Genetic LifeHacks!

The whole point of this blog is to share current research on genetics that you can actually use, breaking down the science into something that you can apply. 

Personalized medicine and health information based on your genes will be mainstream…  someday.  Why not make that ‘someday’ become today?  A lot of information is already out there. Instead of waiting for a doctor or the government to spoon feed me the information, I’m diving into the science to figure it out for myself — and freely sharing what I learn.

Understanding both the actual risk of a disease happening to you and the ways that are effective for you to minimize the risk is the heart of the matter.

What do I mean by this?

Here is an example: there are lots of research studies on how your genes can influence your risk of a rare disease. But a genetic variant that doubles your chance of getting a disease that occurs only in 1 in 100,000 people really isn’t something that requires you to take action today.

But what if you could know that – depending on your genes –  taking an aspirin a couple of times a week could cut your risk of colon cancer almost in half!  And the flip side is, if you find out that aspirin probably won’t reduce your risk, you could concentrate on other lifestyle factors instead. This type of information is available today and relevant to most older adults.

Where to start?  If you have your 23andMe results or Ancestry DNA results, begin your journey with whatever topic is of interest to you.   Here are some of my suggestions:

  • Check out your hemochromatosis genes.  Hemochromatosis (iron overload) is a fairly common genetic disease that can be protected against by giving blood.
  • Figure out if you are genetically even able to get celiac disease.
  • Or jump into the methylation cycle and figure out if you need specific B vitamin types.

Let me encourage you that you can dive in deep and learn about your genetics!  What seems like a foreign language in the beginning will soon seem familiar.

Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor, and nothing on this blog should be taken as medical advice.  

Author Information:   Debbie Moon
Debbie Moon is the founder of Genetic Lifehacks. She holds a Master of Science in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. Debbie is a science communicator who is passionate about explaining evidence-based health information. Her goal with Genetic Lifehacks is to bridge the gap between scientific research and the lay person's ability to utilize that information. To contact Debbie, visit the contact page.