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BChE: Nightshade sensitivity, Anesthesia risk, and more

The BCHE gene codes for the butyrylcholinesterase enzyme. The BChE enzyme is found in the plasma of the blood. It is a cholinesterase which breaks apart choline esters, such as acetylcholine. Why is this important? Genetic variants of the BChE gene decrease this enzyme’s…

Rheumatoid Arthritis Genes

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of joint pain that is caused by an autoimmune response. About 1% of the population deals with the pain of RA. What causes rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an immune system attack on the joints, causing…

Diabetes: Genetic Risk Report

We often talk about diabetes as though it is one disease, but diabetes can have several different causes or pathways that are impacting glucose regulation. Tailoring your diabetes prevention (or reversal) efforts to fit your genetic susceptibility may be more effective. Is Diabetes Genetic?…

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…

Rapamycin, mTOR, and Your Genes

Rapamycin (also known as sirolimus) is an antibiotic that is used as an immunosuppressant, an anti-cancer agent, and to prevent blocked arteries. This decades-old antibiotic and antifungal drug is now the focus of longevity and healthspan-extending research as a part of combating the diseases…

Vitamin D, Genes, and Your Immune System

Vitamin D is more than just a ‘vitamin’.  It is actually a hormone that is essential to so many processes in your body – including your immune system. This article explains how vitamin D interacts with the immune system and which genetic variants that…

CYP1A1: Detoxifying Cigarette Smoke and Estrogen

CYP1A1 is a gene that codes for an enzyme that breaks down (metabolizes) a few different toxins as well as naturally produced hormones. It is also involved in immune response in the intestines. CYP1A1 and Metabolism of Estrogen, Cigarette Smoke, and More Genetic variants…

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MTHFR and Depression

If you are dealing with depression, you are not alone. It is estimated that 322 million people are suffering from depression. While there are many different causes of depression, research shows that diet and nutrient intake affects the risk of depression. A recently published…

9 Genes that Impact the Response to Vaccines

Way back in 1796, a scientist name Edward Jenner injected some cowpox into a boy in hopes it would inoculate the child against smallpox. It worked and was the first crude vaccine. Lots more to that story – and not all of it is…

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,…

Genes Linked to COVID-19: New Study From UCSF

I was excited to see a  preprint article of a study on genetic factors that influence SARS-CoV2 susceptibility (published on May 7th). The study was performed by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco. You can read through the whole study here: The landscape…