Hormones

Your genes control the production of hormones as well as the receptors that interact with the hormones. But your genes don’t act alone – diet and lifestyle also comes into play here.  These articles cover the recent research on how your genetic variants impact different hormone-related conditions. 

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Estrogen

Estrogen – from how much is made to how it is broken down – is dependent on both genetics and lifestyle factors and affects both men and women. This article explains how estrogen is made, how it is eliminated from the body, which genes are involved, and how this influences the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and fibroids.

Cortisol and HPA Axis Dysfunction

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in times of stress, and it also plays many roles in your normal bodily functions. It is a multi-purpose hormone that needs to be in the right amount (not too high, not too low) and at the right time. Your genes play a big role in how likely you are to have problems with cortisol.

Thyroid

The thyroid is a master regulator of many of your body’s systems. It is integrally involved in metabolism and helps maintain body temperature, heart rate, breathing, and body weight. Your genes play a big role in how well your thyroid works and how your body produces and converts the different forms of thyroid hormone.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are a problem for a lot of women, especially after age 30. Fibroids are benign tumors that grow in the muscle cells of the uterus. This article will dig into the causes of fibroids, explain how your genetic variants can add to the susceptibility, and offer solutions that are backed by research.

Migraines

There are multiple causes and triggers of migraines -- and multiple genetic variants that are implicated in increasing the risk of migraines. Learn where your genetic susceptibility lies and learn the solutions that may work specifically for those migraine susceptibility genes.

PCOS

PCOS is an endocrine disorder that affects 5 -10% of premenopausal women. Genetics plays a large role in whether you have PCOS. There is no one gene that causes PCOS, but there are genetic variants in several hormonal pathways that increase the risk for it.

Testosterone Levels

While diet and lifestyle play a role in testosterone levels, in males, there is a strong genetic component as well. Check out your genes to see if they are playing a role in your low T levels -- and then check out the Lifehacks.

Acne and Your Genes

Some people can eat a constant pizza and junk food diet and have no problems with acne. It doesn't seem fair! Learn how your genetic variants increase your risk of acne and find specific solutions that work for those genetic pathways.

Infertility - Women

The CDC estimates that 12% of women overall in the US have impaired fertility. For women over age 30, that statistic rises to 25%! Your genes may be playing a role in your infertility — and knowing which genetic variants you carry may help you figure out solutions to try.

Oxytocin: Love Hormone

Oxytocin is often thought of as the 'love hormone'. It affects feelings of empathy and being social. Your genetic variants in the oxytocin gene influence your base levels. Check it out and see what your genes say about your empathy level.

PMS and Your Genes

A lot of women know the moodiness and brain fog that comes with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Studies estimate that PMS is up to 95% heritable - which means that it has a huge genetic component. Learn about the genes and find out which solutions may actually work for you.