Tag: BMI

A Real Nail Biter

A lot of people bite their nails. It’s not that unusual, but researchers looking at the underlying biology for individuals who do it often are learning that frequent nail-biting may point to more serious conditions. For people who frequently bite their nails, the habit is associated with higher chances of ...

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Rise and Shine

In a new study published today in Nature Communications, 23andMe researchers identified 15 genetic variants associated with being a morning person, including four genetic variants never before connected to sleep cycles, and associations like BMI and depression. “Some circadian rhythm genes we identified ...

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The High Notes

By looking at data on when boys’ voices first broke as a way to time the onset of puberty, researchers at the University of Cambridge have completed a first-of-its-kind genetic study and found that for both boys and girls puberty is influenced by many of the same genetic variants. “Our study shows that ...

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New Findings On Female Infertility

New research by scientists at the University of Cambridge and ten other institutions, including 23andMe, has uncovered half-a-dozen genetic variants associated with polycystic ovary syndrome, the most common reproductive disorder in women and a common cause of infertility. Published this week in the ...

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23andMe Couples Correlated

For Valentine’s Day, we analyzed data from 15,298 real-world couples who had children together and found that people paired with others who were more like themselves than they were different. Opposites, it turns out, may not attract after all. Partners don’t just tend to be about the same age, according ...

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The Genetics of Bellies and Burgers

By Nick Furlotte and Shirley Wu For many of us, the battle of the bulge is more like an all-out war. We all know people who can eat whatever they want, not work out, and yet not gain a pound. Meanwhile, eating just one burger, or missing just one cardio session, can weigh much more heavily on others ...

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Your Lifestyle, Your Health, Your Genes

There are lots of things we can't change, but our lifestyle isn't one of them. Good thing, too — our weight, nutrition habits, and exercise behaviors impact us beyond whether we look good in a swim suit. They also influence our risk for many different diseases. In the same way, our DNA also contributes to ...

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Quiz Answers: Traits Associated With BMI

Last week we quizzed our readers on traits associated with BMI among 23andMe’s customers. Congratulations to Suellen, the winner of the quiz! She got all three answers correct and will receive an Amazon gift card. So what were the correct answers? Read on... Which physical trait is most associated with ...

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What Do Diet and Personality Have to Do With BMI?

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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SNPwatch: Association Between FTO Variant and Obesity Depends on Age and Impacts Development

Obesity is an enormous public health concern in the United States, affecting about 33% of adults and 20% of children and adolescents. While lifestyle and environmental factors play an undeniable role in whether an individual becomes obese, researchers have also uncovered common genetic variants that influence ...

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