Two genes to test that can improve your health and change your life.

Understanding the profound influence of genes on metabolism is crucial for health. The MTHFR gene and the COMT gene stand out. Let’s delve into the MTHFR gene, a genetic variant that affects a significant portion of the population.

The MTHFR gene is critical for folate metabolism and the conversion of homocysteine to methionine. Testing for MTHFR mutations can reveal:

Nutrient Metabolism: Mutations can impair folate metabolism, leading to deficiencies in crucial B vitamins. This gene mutation can affect energy levels, cognitive function, and cardiovascular health.

Homocysteine Levels: Elevated homocysteine, due to MTHFR mutations, is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke.

Pregnancy Health: Adequate folate levels are essential for fetal development. MTHFR mutations can increase the risk of neural tube defects and other pregnancy complications.

The second gene I would like to discuss is the COMT gene, which is crucial in the breakdown of catecholamines, such as dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. It is also essential in the metabolism of hormones and detoxing. Testing for variations in the COMT gene can provide insights into:

Mental Health: Variants in the COMT gene can affect dopamine levels in the brain, influencing mood, behavior, and susceptibility to conditions like anxiety, depression, and ADHD.

Stress Response: People with specific COMT variants may metabolize stress hormones differently, which can impact their stress resilience and overall mental well-being.

Pain Sensitivity: Variations can also affect pain perception, helping tailor individual pain management strategies.

Hormone Balancing: The COMT gene is involved in hormone metabolism. Abnormal hormone metabolism can cause hormonal imbalances, which, some studies have shown, can impact the risk of cancer. 

We can test these genes at our practice, tailored to your unique needs and conditions. This collaborative approach allows us to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your health concerns. 

Dr. Murphy 

The holistic approach to improving your health is designed to support you as a person and help with anxiety, fatigue, sleep, and nutrient levels.

Dr. Derek Murphy is a holistic physician who offers medical counseling to help find the root cause for the St. Cloud community. If you want to learn how he and our team can help you enjoy a healthier body, contact our office at 407-319-7541.

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