Each gene contains a unique recipe that makes specific proteins. These proteins are the building blocks that make up everything in your body. So, your hair, bones, muscles, blood, skin and hormones. So how can a DNA test help you master your menopause? Let’s understand what DNA is first.
Although we (mostly) all possess the same set of genes, our recipes are all slightly different. As a result, we look different, react differently to foods and stress, prefer different things, suffer different ailments, need different amounts of sleep and exercise etc.
Your genes don’t act in isolation, of course. Your diet and lifestyle (which includes stress, sleep, exercise, relationships and environment) add elements to the recipe. These will either enhance or detract from the “dish”.
Your hormones are greatly influenced by your genes. Before menopause, the main source of oestrogen in women is the ovaries. The predominant type of oestrogen is oestrodiol (E2) which is a strong form of oestrogen. After menopause, the main sources of oestrogen are the adrenal glands (think stress) and fat tissue, and the predominant type of oestrogen is oestrone (E1) which is weaker than E2. The rate at which you produce oestrogen is controlled by the specific gene that holds that recipe. This gene along with diet and lifestyle can lead to low or high oestrogen levels, both of which are undesirable.
That oestrogen the becomes other forms in the body, some healthy, some less so. The not-so-healthy kind is very strong and can be a risk factor for developing oestrogen-dependent conditions. This also largely depends on specific gene activity and how your diet and lifestyle impact this.
For oestrogen to work its magic in your body it needs to attach to specific oestrogen receptors in specific cells where it is needed. These oestrogen receptors are also regulated by specific genes holding that recipe.
Finally, your body needs to clear out hormones that have done their job and need to retire. This happens largely via the liver. These processes are again under the control of specific genes. But they also depend on gut health, the right nutrients from the diet and healthy functioning organs, particularly the liver and kidneys.
Other factors that play a role in hormone health are stress, sleep, dietary needs, ability to deal with caffeine and alcohol as well as toxins and chemicals from the environment, food and cosmetics. These also fall under the control of your genes.
Taking a DNA test will help you to understand the function of specific genes. The role your recipes play on the activity of your genes and the specific diet and lifestyle factors you should adopt or avoid to achieve optimal function. We hope to help you understand your health and the underlying cause of your symptoms. We want to empower you to make the necessary diet and lifestyle changes to get you back to feeling fabulous!
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The DNApal test covers general female health, sleep, stress, allergies, gut health, metabolism, insulin risk, sensitivities to caffeine and alcohol, lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, blood clotting, cholesterol, specific nutrient need, heart health, healthy ageing and ideal exercise type. We also offer specific and general diet and lifestyle advice.
Your genes never change (only the way they act does) so you only ever need to test once DNA doesn’t measure current hormone levels.
Kate Scott | BSocSci (Psych), DipNut CNM, mBANT, rCNHC, mIFM
Co-founder and DNA Specialist at DNApal.me