Genetic and Methylation Disorders

Genetic and Methylation Disorders

Understanding your particular genetic makeup should be used to guide health decisions, mitigate inherent risks, and promote optimal health. Although your genes are a tool to influence informed life decisions, they do not determine your fate.

We offer genetic testing for patients whenever deemed helpful. Knowing your genetic risks helps guide health strategies and preventive measures to take.

Since sequencing the entire genome in 2003, our understanding of genes has skyrocketed, and it has become clear that genes influence, but do not determine, your health. Thankfully, we have great power to influence genetic expression and are not a slave to the genetic lottery. From this understanding, the term epigenetics was coined.

Further, the study of methylation disorders has increased greatly in the past ~10 years and can be tested for by examining single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), including common SNPs in the MTHFR, CBS, and COMT genes. This increased interest is fueled by the essential role that methylation plays, from detoxification pathways to hormone and neurotransmitter synthesis.

Methylation affects detoxification, mental health, cardiovascular health, and cancer expression. If deemed helpful, screening for methylation disorders will be included in your treatment plan. Once uncovered, a particular genetic variant can guide dietary and nutrient strategies in order to mitigate risks.

 

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