Will statins give you muscle pain? What your genes can tell you.

Statins are used by tens of millions of people worldwide for lowering cholesterol levels.[ref] They nearly always top the list of most prescribed medications in the US, with Lipitor as the most prescribed drug as of July 2019. [article] One side effect of statins…

HIF-1a: Hypoxia, Cancer, and Athletic Superpowers

When you think about things that you can’t live without, your iPhone or the internet may top the list :-) But really, oxygen tops all of our ‘can’t live without it’ lists.  A minute without it will remind you of just how important it…

NQO1 Gene: Metabolism of quinones, benzene, and more

Your genes code for the enzymes that break down the toxic substances that we all encounter each day. This ability to clear out potential carcinogens is important when it comes to preventing cancer. The NQO1 gene codes for an enzyme that breaks down quinones,…

TNF-alpha: Inflammation and Your Genes

genetic variants 23andme TNF alpha

Do you feel like you are always dealing with inflammation? Joint pain, food sensitivity, etc? Perhaps you are genetically geared towards a higher inflammatory response. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is an inflammatory cytokine that acts as a signaling molecule in our immune system. In…

Longevity and Genetics: FOXO3, CETP, IGF1, and more

There are several genes known as “longevity” genes. Specific variants of these genes are associated with an increased likelihood of living to be 100 or more. And…  more importantly, these genetic variants are linked to longer ‘healthspan’. Longevity: The term longevity refers to lifespan….

Acne genes

Ever wonder why some teens and adults can do everything ‘right’  – eat great, wash their faces, etc. –  and still have acne? While others can eat pizza three times a day, shower once a week — and end up with perfectly clear skin!…

Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome

chronic lyme genes

Lyme disease affects 300,000 people a year in the US, mostly in the Northeast and upper Midwest but found in almost all states. It is also a disease that is controversial, causing heated online arguments, misunderstood patients, and sometimes wacky cures. [source] The interesting…

Snips about SNPs: Heart attack risk – Lp(a)

check your genetic data for lp(a)

Lipoprotein(a) carries LDL cholesterol proteins. Elevated Lp(a) is a big risk factor for heart attacks, and elevated Lp(a) is mainly due to genetics.  Check your 23andMe or AncestryDNA data today to see if you carry the genetic variants linked to elevated Lp(a). If you…

Snips about SNPs: HFE gene and iron

The HFE gene controls how much iron you absorb in the intestines from food.  Iron is tightly regulated by the body. It is completely essential for carrying oxygen in the bloodstream and for many other reactions in the body.  But too much iron is…

Snips about SNPs: FTO and your weight

The FTO gene has the unfortunate nickname of the ‘fatso gene’ because several FTO variants are associated with obesity.  Lots of studies link it to being likely to have a higher BMI.  [ref][ref] Of course, this SNP isn’t entirely to blame if you have…