Do You Have a Predisposition to Disease?
Almost 40% of people in the United States will be diagnosed with some type of cancer in their lifetime. Over 14 million are living with cancer right now. Our genes can influence our risks for cancer and other common diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Cutler has studied under the pioneers of Nutrigenomics. An analysis of chromosomes (DNA), proteins and certain metabolites enable insight into heritable disease-related genotypes, genetic polymorphisms, phenotypes, or karyotypes, and how they impact an individual’s life today.
While lifestyle, environmental toxins, and emotional habits can be a primary factor in health, some markers present in genes can influence where and how we develop a disease. Screening them early may help to prevent it.
What is MTHFR Gene Mutation?
MTHFR is a gene called Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase and variations or mutations of this gene can affect the way our bodies function. This includes how we process amino acids and handle toxins and other chemicals.
Medical professionals are discovering this mutation could explain why some people are more susceptible to chronic disease or don’t react the way anticipated to medicine or treatments.
Many ND’s and integrative MD’s are currently utilizing gene tests to identify patients’ genetic risks and susceptibilities, as well as to diagnose medical conditions. Many of the gene tests evaluate what are known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs; pronounced “snips”) in order to identify your predisposition to diseases.
SNPs are the most frequent type of variation in the human genome and help to determine your susceptibility to common diseases like heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.
Some of the Issues Associated with MTHFR Variation:
- Unanticipated Reaction or Immunity to Medication
- Sensitivity to Food Chemicals
- Fertility Trouble or Multiple Miscarriages
- Chronic Fatigue
- Frequent headaches
- Heart disease
What Can Be Done About It?
Finding a variation in a gene and how it may impact your body’s functions and detoxification process can assist Dr. Cutler in developing a customized therapy program. Our goal is to find the root cause of your symptoms to achieve your body’s optimal potential.
Therapies could include the addition of certain vitamins, changes in diet, removal of toxins and other lifestyle changes to better regulate enzymes in your body.