How does my DNA affect my hormones
9 August 2022
How does my DNA affect my hormones - and mood, skin, hair, fertility, menopause and perimenopause experience?
Our genes alone don’t - it’s a combination of 3 elements; genes + environmental & lifestyle factors + small genetic changes called SNPs which determine our health outcomes.
We all have these SNPs that change our biology ever so slightly, think of them as a "typo". Specifically relating to our hormones, these typos affect how efficiently we either make, respond to and ultimately clear a hormone from the body. Histamine is a great example - the body makes histamine as a needed excitatory neuro-hormone helping to keep us stimulated and awake. There are some common SNPs of the genes involved in the removal of histamine; which if left unsupported can cause a build up of histamine and symptoms; migraines, anxiety, poor sleep itching, bloating, water retention to name a few.
Whilst one gene variant/change can make a difference, most unrelenting and seemingly unresponsive symptoms result from the interplay between multiple common (yes, they are profoundly common) SNPs with environmental factors, namely - excess cortisol (from mental stress), toxic burden (how many chemicals have you been exposed to over your lifetime), nutrient status, inflammatory chemicals (resulting from infections, gut imbalances, viral infections) & your metabolic health - your food choices, microbiome, exercise & sleep — it is THIS powerful combination that determines health outcomes.
Nutrigenomics is the influence of food on our genetic expression; how and what we eat has the power to turn on/off gene expression.
As we start the journey into peri-menopause through to menopause, our oestrogen & progesterone levels change dramatically, directly impacting all body systems and other hormones like insulin, histamine and GABA and why the symptoms are so far reaching. BUT with the added information of knowing where your personal genetic areas of vulnerabilities lie, can help us to navigate the journey far more effectively and guide a more targeted menopausal hormone therapy plan for your bespoke needs.
Nutrigenomics is the next frontier of personalised medicine to achieving optimal health in perimenopause- menopause and beyond! I have been using LifecodeGx Nutrigenomic testing in my practice with clients for over 8 years now, providing invaluable insights to help improve clients 'health. Having an individual's genetic set point greatly enhances my decision making process when creating their bespoke roadmap and treatment plans.
Specialising in women’s health, I find the Lifecode Gx Hormone report irreplaceable to assist in finding answers to the questions women have:
I offer women two nutrigenomic packages:
For each of these packages, once you provide a sample of cheek cells using a DNA test kit, I will then provide you with an appointment to explain your results, recommend nutrition and lifestyle interventions and answer any questions you may have.