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]…

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…

Lipoprotein(a): A big genetic risk for heart disease

lipoprotein(a) gene check your 23andMe

By reading this information, you could possibly save your life today. This isn’t a scare tactic or overblown health-alert type of article – just statistics and solid genetics research on the increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of…

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,…

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…

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

Several genes have been identified as “longevity” genes. The specific variants of these genes present connections to an increased likelihood of living to be 100 or more. And…  more importantly, these particular genetic variants show links to a longer ‘healthspan’. Longevity: The term longevity…

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!…

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…