23 and me ( genetic testing service) launched in the UK in November. I received my genome online on christmas eve. Best christmas gift ever! It is overwhelming to get these data at first. But surprisingly, it wares off, and instead I sit here now with gratitude and a tool to understand an extra dimension of my own life, past, present and future. I have spent hours learning what to do with my raw data, and can finally see that I have some mutations I can easily adjust through diet and life style. For example I have a homosygous COMT mutation effecting how my neurotransmitters are broken down; or a Homozygous SOD mutation effecting my capacity to detox.I have uploaded the data to other databases, which have given me a more information on what risk profile I have i.e. heart disease and autoimmunity. It does not mean I will get theses conditions, but it just means I am at higher risk at getting it if I don’t address it. So apart from eating leafy green vegetables daily, I have spiced it up with High Intensity Interval Training sessions into my week. I further realised that i am a poor metaboliser of wafferin medication, so if I ever was in the situation that my Dr would offer me that, i know what to say.
What have I found useful so far:
- Ben Lynch’s website about methylation mutations: http://mthfr.net
- MTHFR Support gave make sense of raw data
- Prometheus gave me a very comprehensive health overview for only $5
- Athletigen investigates how atheletic and sporty your genetic material are. In particular, I found it amusing that my body’s ability to repair muscle damage and fatigue after training was at 79% (high).
The data set itself is vast, and I am only starting to grasp how complex it all is i.e. Methylation, detoxification, mitochondrial function… I do intent to create some recipes that support my mutations. So watch this space if you are in the same boat.