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- Neuropilins: Healthy blood vessels, lymphedema, Covid brainNeuropilins act as receptors and are found on the surface of cells. Learn about its many roles body, such as in the immune, vascular and nervous systems.
- ADRA1A Receptors: Blood vessel reactions under stressWe have many systems in place to control blood pressure and heart rate. The ADRA1A receptors are part of this system. Discover how variants can influence blood vessel stress response and how others are connected to cognitive changes.
- 7 genetic variants that increase your risk of blood clotsSome people are unique in their ability to form clots more easily. This article covers six different genes and the seven genetic variants that increase the risk of blood clots. It is a timely topic because blood clots seem to be a severe complication for people with COVID-19.
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Vitamins and Foods:
- Magnesium deficiency? Genes that Impact Magnesium LevelsAre your magnesium levels low? Understanding your genes can help you decide whether you may need more magnesium in your diet or via supplements.
- Biotin Deficiency: Check your GenesBiotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, is a cofactor that aids in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Biotin deficiency due to diet is pretty rare, but there are genetic variants that can increase your risk for biotin deficiency or insufficiency.
- Lactose Intolerance GenesYour genes control whether you are likely to produce lactase as an adult. Check your 23andMe or other genetic data to see if you are likely to enjoy a big glass of milk.
Inflammation and Immune Response:
- IL13 Genomics: Elevating Th2 Immune ResponseInterleukin-13 (IL-13) is a signaling molecule important in the immune response. Excessive IL-13 can tip you towards a Th2 dominant immune response, and variants increase the risk of allergies and asthma.
- Acupuncture and Genomics: Who is more likely to respond?Have you tried acupuncture? This treatment has been around for thousands of years but did you know that your genetic variants can impact how well you respond?
- Tendinitis GenesDo you have problems with your tennis elbow, rotator cuff, knees, or Achilles tendon? Discover how your genes influence the risk of having tendon problems.
Mood and Brain:
- GABA: Genetics, Anxiety, and Immune ResponseGABA (gamma-Aminobuyteric acid) is a neurotransmitter that acts to block or inhibit a neuron from firing. It is an essential way that the brain regulates impulses, and low GABA levels are linked with several conditions, including anxiety and PTSD.
- Brain Fog: Causes, genetics, and individualized solutionsExplore brain fog in detail, looking at the physiological causes, genetic susceptibility, and personalized solutions.
- Tryptophan Pathways: Kynurenine, Serotonin, and MelatoninTryptophan is an amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin and melatonin. Genetic variants can impact the amount of tryptophan that is used for serotonin. This can influence mood, sleep, neurotransmitters, and immune response.
- Gilbert SyndromeGilbert’s syndrome is an inherited condition where the body doesn’t break down bilirubin efficiently. Discover the benefits of higher bilirubin levels in this syndrome and some possible risks.
- Primary Sclerosing CholangitisPrimary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a life-altering condition that damages the bile ducts, thus impacting the liver. Learn about the research and heritability of this disabling disease.
- Genetic Superpowers ReportThis Genetic Superpowers Report looks at the positive side of genetic variants. Everyone has some kind of genetic superpower, and hopefully, this report will highlight yours!
- Blood glucose levels: how your genes impact blood sugar regulationGenetics plays a significant role in your blood glucose regulation. Discover your genetic susceptibility to blood sugar problems to help with blood glucose stability.
- Fatty Liver: Genetic variants that increase the risk of NAFLDNon-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can be caused by genetic susceptibility, diet, and lifestyle factors. The good news is that fatty liver disease is reversible.
- LDL Cholesterol GenesYour genes combine with your diet to influence your LDL cholesterol level. Learn more about why LDL cholesterol levels may matter in heart disease and find out how your genes are important here.
- Migraines: Genes, Root Causes, and Personalized SolutionsYour genes play a role in your susceptibility to migraines. Find out what is going on when you have a migraine and solutions that fit your genes.
- What is MTHFR? Is it important?The MTHFR gene is important for how your body utilizes folate (vitamin B9) for creating neurotransmitters, detoxifying toxicants, and maintaining a healthy heart. Check your 23andMe or AncestryDNA data for the MTHFR C677T and A1298C variants.
- CBS Gene Variants and Low Sulfur DietSome clinicians recommend a low sulfur diet for people with CBS mutations. Find out what the research shows – and why that recommendation is not backed up. (Member’s article)
- CYP2B6: Genetic variants impacting medication reactionsThe CYP2B6 enzyme is part of the body’s first line of defense in detoxifying and breaking down certain and important for metabolizing several medications. Genetic variants of this enzyme can either speed up or slow down its function.
- Mercury Detoxification: Genomics and SolutionsWhat are the physiological effects of mercury and how does the body eliminates it? Discover how genetic variants play a role in how quickly you excrete mercury.
- CYP2C19 – Metabolizing medicationsSeveral popular drugs such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Plavix are metabolized by the CYP2C19 enzyme. There are important genetic variants in the CYP2C19 gene that changes how fast or slowly these drugs are broken down. Learn how these variants might affect their efficacy. (Member’s article)
- Genetic Causes of Male InfertilityAlmost 10% of couples worldwide struggle with infertility. Learn more about your genetic susceptibility and dig deeper into the lifestyle factors that could affect your sperm.
- Recurrent miscarriage: Genes and InflammationLearn about how genetic variants in certain inflammatory cytokines can increase or decrease the risk of recurrent miscarriage.
- PCOS: Genetics and Root CausesPolycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder causing an increase in androgen hormone production in women. It also increases the risk of infertility. PCOS affects 5 -10% of premenopausal women, and genetics plays a large role in whether you have PCOS.
Hi! I’m Debbie Moon. Welcome to Genetic Lifehacks.
When I first had my genetic data sequenced, I was both amazed at the research available in academic journals and frustrated by the difficult language and disconnected topics.
Genetic Lifehacks began as a way to share what I was learning about genetics with my family and friends. My goal has always been to freely share information so that everyone can benefit.
As the website grew in popularity, I decided that I needed to know more… both more about genetics and more about how the pieces of the biological systems fit together. Since my undergraduate degree was in engineering, I went back to school and received my Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University.
Now a full-time endeavor, Genetic Lifehacks has reached over 2 million readers, equipping people to use their genetic data to optimize their health.
~ Debbie Moon, Founder of Genetic Lifehacks