Problems with IBS? Personalized solutions based on your genes

We tend to take happy bowels for granted — until something goes awry!  For many people, a daily battle seems to wage in their intestines. Pain, discomfort, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation — known as IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. There are multiple causes of…

Wine Tasting Genes: How your genetic variants influence the way that wine tastes to you

When you think of wine, do you wax poetically about the subtle notes of springtime apple blossoms with hints or truffles — or do you just hope that all your friends can’t tell that you secretly like “Two-Buck Chuck” the best? If you aren’t…

How do your genes influence your vitamin B12 levels?

Vitamin B12 is essential for your health! It is a cofactor for biological reactions such as creating the myelin sheath in nerve cells and the synthesis of DNA (rather important!). A lack of vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin) can create a cascade of…

HPA Axis Dysfunction: Genes and Environment

Stress. We all face it at times! But it doesn’t affect us all the same way.  Some people bounce back easily from a stressful situation. Others may face the effects of stress continually over their lifetime. I’m going to dig into the science of how…

Genetic Mutations that Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a scary possibility that faces many of us today — whether for ourselves or for aging parents and grandparents. Currently, 10% of people age 65 or older have Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  It is a disease for which prevention needs to start…

Prothrombin and DVT

You wake up one morning with a pain in your leg, trying to think back as to what you did the previous day to cause it.  Then you notice that your leg is a little swollen and warm…  Oh no, this could be the…

Factor V Leiden

Say you are chopping up peppers for your morning omelet and slip with the knife. Ouch! While cutting your finger seems to produce a huge amount of blood compared to the size of the wound, the actions going on behind the scenes to stop that…

Is fasting right for your genes?

There are many internet docs and nutritional gurus promoting fasting as a way to lose weight and get healthy. The recommendations are often for intermittent fasting, for example, a 24-hour fast every week, or sometimes for longer fasts, like a week-long water fast. There are…

Genetic Variants Associated with PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that causes an increase in androgen hormone production in women. It affects 5 -10% of premenopausal women, and genetics plays a large role in whether you have PCOS. There is no one gene that causes PCOS, but…

Genetic variants that increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder caused by the degradation of dopamine-producing neurons in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra. It affects up to 10 million people worldwide. Symptoms of Parkinson’s include a tremor (usually in the hand), problems with balance…