September 22, 2017

10+ useful sites for getting the most from your 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA raw data

So you are one of those people who are curious about the mysterious blueprint in you that holds many secrets. You signed up for the 23andme […]
September 16, 2017

The Story of the Great Eater

In a far away village a long time ago there was a circus that was going out of business. The circus manager was at his wit’s […]
August 25, 2017

Increased genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease due to presence of Apolipoprotein E (E3/E4) variants

In April 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 23&Me’s Apoe gene test to predict risk of late onset Alzheimer’s disease. This is the first […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: SLC23A1 “Vitamin C Gene”

The Solute Carrier Family 23 Member 1 (SLC23A1) gene is associated with the synthesis of Solute Carrier Family 23 Member 1(SLC23A1) protein, a transporter which is […]
July 27, 2017
Genetics of Heart attack

Do you have the gene that naturally protects you from Heart attacks?

Tracy is  a 40-year-old African American who is an aerobics instructor, a mother of two and a college student pursuing a degree in business. She looks […]
July 24, 2017
Genetics Depression

The curse of creativity: What is driving creative people into taking their own lives?

“We of the craft are all crazy” – Lord Byron With overpopulation, environmental deterioration, terrorism, political dysfunction, dictators, cronyism, disputes and debates over trivial matters, it’s […]
July 3, 2017

Know Your Genes: FADS1 “The Vegetarian Gene”

The Fatty Acid Desaturase (FADS1) gene is associated with the synthesis of FADS1 protein, an enzyme secreted in the liver and shown to be associated with […]
June 25, 2017

Know Your Genes: HFE “The Iron Overload Gene”

The human Hemochromatosis Protein (HFE) gene is associated with the synthesis of HFE protein. This protein has been shown to be associated with the regulation of […]
May 19, 2017

Know Your Genes: FUT2 “Vitamin B12 Gene”

The FucosylTransferase 2 (FUT2) gene is associated with the synthesis of fucosyl transferase 2, an enzyme found to attach the bacterium Helicobacter pylori to the gastric […]
May 11, 2017

Know Your Genes: TMPRSS6 “Iron Gene”

Transmembrane Protease, Serine 6 (TMPRSS6) gene is associated with the synthesis of transmembrane protease, serine 6 (also known as matriptase-2), a liver serine protease. TMPRSS6 cleaves […]
May 4, 2017

Know Your Genes: TTPA “Vitamin E Gene”

The Alpha Tocopherol Transfer Protein (TTPA) gene is associated with the synthesis of alpha tocopherol transfer protein, a fat soluble anti-oxidant that is secreted by the […]
April 28, 2017

Know Your Genes: MC4R “Obesity Gene”

The Melanocortin 4 Receptor gene (MC4R) is associated with the synthesis of MC4R enzyme, a G protein coupled receptor which is found to bind to alpha […]
April 19, 2017

Know Your Genes: DRD2 “Dopamine Gene”

The Dopamine Receptor Gene (DRD2) is associated with the synthesis of DRD2, which is the main receptor for all anti-psychotic drugs. The hormone Dopamine is a neurotransmitter […]
April 17, 2017

Know Your Genes: MTHFR “Folic Acid Gene”

The Methyl Tetra Hydrofolate Reductase gene (MTHFR) is associated with the synthesis of MTHFR enzyme, which converts folate obtained from the diet into an active form. […]
April 17, 2017

Know Your Genes: GC – “Vitamin D Gene”

The Group Specific Component globulin (GC) gene is associated with the synthesis of Group Specific Component globulin (GC), also called the Vitamin D Binding Protein (VDBP), […]
April 10, 2017

Know Your Genes: INSIG2 “Insulin Gene”

The Insulin signaling protein type 2 gene (INSIG2) is associated with the synthesis of INSIG2 protein which interacts with transcription factors, activating the synthesis of cholesterol […]
March 8, 2017

Know Your Genes: VEGFA – “The New Blood Vessel Growth Gene”

The Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGFA) gene is associated with the synthesis VEGFA, a molecule associated with the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) upon training. […]
February 25, 2017

Genetics is a Risk Factor for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, a bone disease affecting seniors and menopausal women is a growing concern causing over 8.9 million fractures each year worldwide (Johnell et al, 2006). In […]
January 24, 2017

What regulates Energy Intake and Why Does it Differ from Person to Person?

A healthy weight is maintained during a state of energy balance- when the energy intake of an individual matches the energy expenditure. Weight can accrue over […]
December 28, 2016

World Stroke Day 2016 “Face the Facts: Stroke is Treatable”

According to World Health Organization, an estimated 17 million people suffered from stroke in 2010 and 33 million survived after a stroke. In India, its estimated […]
December 21, 2016

World Osteoporosis Day 2016- Osteoporosis could be linked to Gluten Intolerance

  Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bone mass is lowered, resulting in weak bones that are prone to fractures. This condition is often associated […]
December 11, 2016

World Diabetes day 2016- November 14th

Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a metabolic disease which is characterized by high blood sugar levels. This is due to either low amount of […]
December 9, 2016

Cardiovascular Disease and MTHFR gene

Cardiovascular disease is a group of diseases that involve the heart and the blood vessels. There are a number of risk factors associated with this condition, […]
November 12, 2016

Top 10 Tips to Prevent Diabetes in India

Start early – get your diabetes risk evaluated Indians have a higher genetic risk of diabetes – get a genetic assessment , if possible Exercise and diet are […]
November 12, 2016

Top 10 facts about Diabetes

  India is the diabetes capital of the world- India has more diabetics than any other nation India is projected to have more than 10 crore […]
September 20, 2016

Genes and greens to protect your heart!

The technical part: Methyl folate is essential for the proper function of almost all of the body’s systems and it is involved in the conversion of […]
August 3, 2016

Genes and Caffeine sensitivity

For some of us, even a single cup of coffee or tea can trigger palpitations, and make us feel jittery, but others enjoy cups upon cups […]
September 14, 2015

This holiday season don’t gift sweets, Gift fruits

We are used to making resolutions every New Year. Why not resolve this holiday season to gift the joy of good health to friends and family, […]
August 26, 2015

Infograph – Is caffeine good for you?

90% of adults consume caffeine through food, beverages and supplements. Did you know a cup of brewed coffee contains 95 mg of caffeine. Even the decaf […]
August 13, 2015

Drink milk? Can you digest it?

The ability to drink animal milk in adulthood is something that most of us take for granted. However, the gene responsible for breaking down lactose, the […]
August 7, 2015

Type 2 Diabetes: Know it, to beat it!

Diabetes is the most challenging health problem of the 21st century with India being the diabetic capital of the world. More than 65 million Indians are […]
July 27, 2015

You may know your blood type. But, do you know your genotype?

  These “types” are technically known as single nucleotide polymorphisms which indicate the individual to individual difference in the genetic code. Genetic code is the “software” […]
July 22, 2015

Effects of fast food – Infographic

We give up health benefits of food in favor of cost, convenience and taste. Fast food is one such rising industry. It contains too many calories […]
June 8, 2015

Obesity – The ‘growing’ concern

A hundred years ago no one would have predicted that Obesity would become a global epidemic of this magnitude. There is a humorous yet thought-provoking, subtle […]
June 2, 2015

5 simple steps to prevent Diabetes

May 22, 2015

23 Top Recipes for Fair Skin

Call it a flawless skin or radiant skin it is usually a healthy and fair skin that everyone aspires for and it is not a mission […]
May 19, 2015

Corporate health and wellness – The bottom line

In my previous post “Your health is in Your hands“, I outlined the impact of lifestyle conditions on our nation’s health. Notably we looked at, how […]
April 9, 2015

Your health is in your hands

I know this statement may sound like a cliche, but unfortunately it is in fact one of today’s realities. Let me try and convince you with […]
December 10, 2014

Knock out diabetes, heart conditions and high BP for your family

What are lifestyle diseases? A disease associated with the way a person or group of people lives. Lifestyle diseases include atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke; obesity […]
December 4, 2014

Calculating genetic risk to keep you healthy

What is Genetic Risk? Genetic risk is the probability of a person developing a particular health condition which tells you how susceptible you are (genetically) to […]
November 25, 2014

Closing the generation gap

So you might be wondering as to who is this guy Kojak. In the days after the Druid, and before the Internet came into being. Kojak […]
November 25, 2014

Having a daily conversation with the self!

So we all know that no two days are the same, and it starts when we wake up. Small differences begin depending -how well you slept […]
November 25, 2014

Those were the days my friend

Listen carefully Kojak, when I talk… In the year 1900, the average age expectancy in India was a mere 32 years. 100 years later and in […]
November 23, 2014

Folate – Vitamin B and green vegetables

Folate, an essential B vitamin is found in many foods such as green leafy vegetables, beans, lentils, fruits and fortified grains. Folate is essential to allow […]
November 21, 2014

Genetics of stroke

Stroke Stroke, a medical condition is characterized by rapid loss of brain function due to a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. Stroke is […]
November 21, 2014

Role of your DNA in obesity

Obesity is a global phenomenon and India is fast catching up with the rest of the world in vying for the top spot. We usually perceive […]
November 21, 2014

Diabetes : A Genetic overview

With over 30 million people diagnosed to be diabetic, India is well on its way to becoming the diabetes capital of the world! Diabetes mellitus is a […]
November 21, 2014

Keeping tab on blood pressure through genetics

Hypertension or high blood pressure is defined as a condition wherein the rate of blood flow within the arteries is elevated than the normal, resulting in […]
November 21, 2014

Role of genes in healthy heart

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a heart condition which usually results from plaque build-up inside the coronary arteries, which carry oxygen rich blood to the heart. […]
October 7, 2014

In search of happiness and peace

I know that this might appear like the musings of a Yogi. Call me just a believer! I believe, for instance that I will live till […]