How lactose Intolerance could be genetic

Did you know that the MCM6 gene is involved in lactose intolerance?   As Babies, our levels of lactose are high. But after the nursing stage, they begin to decline. By the time we are adults, we contain much less of the lactase enzyme to break down the lactose. As a result, most adults cannot fully digest lactose. This is called lactase non-persistance. (LNP) There are some individuals, however that can continue to digest lactose. They are known as having lactase persistence. (LP) The ability to digest lactose is independently caused by a region called MCM6 which controls and enhances the expression of the lactase gene. The DNA Health test tests for Lactose Intolerance. Important to note that a genetic test does not tell you have lactose intolerance, it tells you if you have a risk factor or a predisposition. You would still need to go according to symptoms and a hydrogen breath test. Contact me if you are interested in getting your genetic testing. I am an accredited Genetic practitioner.    

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Celiac Disease and other autoimmune conditions

Disclaimer: This is an educational and informative post, nothing in it is meant to take the place of medical treatment, neither does it claim to treat, cure or diagnose any condition. If you have Celiac disease, you’ll have to take note of this.   Studies show that those susceptible to autoimmune conditions are those who already have one. In other words, it’s more likely you’ll develop others. As a genetic practitioner, the genetic test results amongst those of us with Celiac are very interesting… Most, if not all, percentage wise, have problems in our inflammation biological pathway. As well as detoxification and oxidative stress pathways and vitamin metabolism pathways. With autoimmune conditions, the immune system is in overdrive. The immune system is our body’s defense system, but it remains in that alert stage. When our inflammation signals (another normal process that happens in the body) do not switch off, but remain in a negative feedback loop, this causes a pro inflammatory response.   Cue Autoimmune conditions   An autoimmune condition requires you need to have the genetics that predispose you to develop it. It doesn’t mean, however,  that if you carry the genetics,  you will develop it. However, we know how hard and how long it can take to diagnose an autoimmune condition. HLA Autoimmunity Genetic test With the test, you can see if you have the risk factor and it’s so helpful to show your medical care person/s when trying to get a diagnosis. It can make the process of searching and knowing what to test for so much easier.   Contact me if you’d like more information on this test or see my Genetic page for more information.

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