Thyroid Hormone Levels and Your Genes

The thyroid is a master regulator that controls many of your body’s systems. It is integrally involved in metabolism and helps maintain body temperature, heart rate, breathing, and body weight. [ref] Your genes play a big role in how well your thyroid works and…

ACTN3: Your ‘muscle type’ gene

When you look at a marathon runner next to a powerlifter, you can’t help but think that there must be a fundamental genetic difference between them. You could be right! At the most elite level, there sometimes is a genetic difference in the type…

9 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,…

Viruses: Are you susceptible to the coronavirus, flu, and more

With all the recent news coverage of COVID-19, you may be wondering if you are susceptible to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV2. While your first thought may be that everyone catches a virus if exposed, your genes are actually important as to whether or not…

How do your genes influence testosterone levels?

While bodybuilding and athletes may come to mind with the word testosterone, it is actually an important hormone for both men and women. This article investigates testosterone and the genetic variants that influence your natural “T” levels. It concludes with Lifehacks to boost low…

Choline – An Essential Nutrient

Choline is an essential nutrient that a lot of us don’t get enough of. In fact, the majority of the US population doesn’t get enough choline on a daily basis. Insufficient choline can impact mental sharpness, heart health, fatty liver disease, and more. [ref]…

Histamine Intolerance & Genetics: Check Your 23andMe Raw Data

histamine intolerance genetics

When your body has too much histamine, it can cause symptoms known as histamine intolerance. This can be due to excess production of histamine by your body or not being able to break down histamine from foods very well.  OR… both! Genetics plays a…

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

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. As far as rare mutations go, the alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency mutations are fairly common…

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. While estimates vary, at least half of American women who are of reproductive age have fibroids. [ref…

Are your cavities caused by genetics?

Genetics and Cavities: Check your 23 and Me data

Friends accuse me of thinking that everything is genetic. Well – there is some truth to that accusation!  To be honest, though, there are a lot of things that have genetic connections that really surprise me. I had always assumed that my cavities were…