Your genetic makeup helps determine how much you get out of dieting and exercising. Researchers now aim to identify the genes that determine the effect that diabetes patients get from diet and exercise. If the researchers succeed in identifying the gene variants they are looking for, the project could pave the way for improved personalized prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetic patients.
Methylation is one of the body’s most important and most common chemical processes. Methylation processes occur in hundreds of essential chemical reactions in our bodies and play an important role in many critical processes. In this podcast, Dr. Paul Anderson explores how the understanding of methylation status beyond MTHFR gene variations can help to guide therapy and improve health.
MTHFR is an enzyme that adds a methyl group to folic acid to make it usable by the body. The MTHFR gene produces this enzyme that is necessary for properly using vitamin B9 and is also important for converting homocysteine into methionine, which the body needs for proper metabolism and muscle growth and which is needed for glutathione creation . The process of methylation also involves the enzyme from the MTHFR gene, so those with a mutation may have trouble effectively eliminating toxins from the body. In this podcast, Dr. Paul Anderson answers the questions: What is methylation, how does it relate to the MTHFR defect and how does this affect our health?