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October 29, 2020
How Genes Influence Salt Intake And Blood Pressure Sensitivity

Just like how water exerts pressure on the walls of the pipes when flowing, blood too exerts pressure on the surface blood vessels. The pressure exerted must be constant and of a particular value. A drop or hike in this pressure may likely be a warning of an abnormality. When the pressure exerted by blood […]

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June 29, 2020
Hypertension: A Common Comorbidity of COVID-19: Check Your Risk With 23andMe Raw Data

25% to 50% of people who reported to hospitals in China with coronavirus in December 2019, had hypertension or other comorbidities like diabetes, cancer, or heart conditions. In Italy, 75% of COVID-related deaths included hypertensives. Hypertension and severe COVID symptoms have a genetic connection. But how interlinked are they? Read on to find out more! Introduction […]

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June 16, 2020
Coffee And CYP1A2: 3 Ways High Caffeine Intake Can Affect You!

What does the CYP1A2 gene do?  CYP1A2 codes for the production of 21-hydroxylase, which is part of the cytochrome P450 family of enzymes. This family of enzymes is quite important as it is a part of many processes, that include breaking down drugs, production of cholesterol, hormones, and fats. The adrenal glands secrete the enzyme, […]

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July 5, 2019
Caffeine: The Buzz May Be In Your CYP1A2 Gene

Caffeine acts as a stimulant of the Central Nervous System (CNS), causing increased alertness. It is the world's most widely consumed legal psychoactive drug. Caffeine offers a range of benefits from something as small as over an afternoon slump to reducing the risk of some serious health conditions like heart diseases. Some common food sources […]

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June 27, 2019
Your Genes Do Not Sugarcoat When It Comes To Diabetes!

What is type II diabetes? Diabetes mellitus type II is a long term metabolic disorder that results in high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and/or lower insulin levels. According to the American Diabetes Association, 9.3% of the US population has this disorder.  Formerly known as adult-onset diabetes, it occurs most often in middle-aged and older people.  Over time, high […]

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April 29, 2019
Alcohol Flush: Red Face After Drinking? Here's How You Can Stop It

Our affinity for alcohol is not new; in fact, we developed it ten million years ago, even before we evolved into humans! The natural source of alcohol is fruits, with usually less than 1% of ethanol in ripe fruits and up to 8% in overripe fruits. The presence of alcohol was beneficial both for our […]

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June 20, 2018
Your Daily Cuppa Could Be Driving Your Anxiety: FAQ About Genetic Testing For Caffeine Sensitivity

It is hard to believe that caffeine, a stimulant that holds popularity in battling fatigue and improving creativity, can do any harm. 1. Caffeine Sensitivity Caffeine sensitivity is a term that describes the efficiency of the human body to process caffeine and to metabolize it. We have all heard of co-workers who drink 6 cups of […]

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April 25, 2017
ACE Gene: The Key To A Fit And Healthy Lifestyle!

ACE gene: An introduction ACE gene codes for Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme. This enzyme is a part of the Renin-Angiotensin System, which is responsible for maintaining blood pressure, and fluid and salt balance in the body. The enzyme cleaves the protein angiotensin I at a particular site, converting it into angiotensin II. This angiotensin II brings about […]

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April 17, 2017
Know Your Genes: MTHFR “Folic Acid Gene”

The Methyl Tetra Hydrofolate Reductase gene (MTHFR) is associated with the synthesis of the MTHFR enzyme, which converts folate obtained from the diet into an active form. The active folate is involved in the re-methylation of homocysteine to methionine. MTHFR gene variations determine how the body utilizes folate from the diet. People with the T […]

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September 20, 2012
Hypertension: Causes, Treatment & Prevention

What is Hypertension? [hr height="30" style="default" line="default" themecolor="1"] Hypertension is referred to as the “silent killer” as it does not exhibit any symptoms until the situation is serious. Hypertension is not a disease but a symptom which leads to several other diseases. The symptoms of hypertension are as follows: [one_fourth] Confusion Buzzing of the ear […]

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