When it comes to determining if you have one or more copies of an MTHFR variant (namely C677T or A1298C), there is no sure-fire way to know for certain, aside from getting genetic testing. Even amongst those with a confirmed diagnosis, symptoms can be highly varied, depending on other genetic factors, environmental considerations, lifestyle, etc. However, there are certainly some indications that can point you and your naturopathic physician in the right direction. How can you determine that genetic testing for an MTHFR variant may be in order? The following signs may indicate you're a MTHFR...
Common manifestations of an MTHFR variant:
Anxiety and depression
Pregnancies with neural tube defects
In infants, "tongue ties," "stork bite," and "sugar bug" markers may or may not be reliable indicators
This is, by no means, an exhaustive list. It is also not meant to serve as a self-diagnosis tool, but as a guide in seeking official diagnosis. You may notice that many of these symptoms are vague and can be indicators of many conditions.
That's why so many people breathe a sigh a relief when they find out that all of their seemingly unrelated ailments were actually all stemming from a singular root cause!
If you have struggled with several of the symptoms listed above and have never been able to get to the bottom of it, genetic testing for an MTHFR variant may be a good choice for you. It feels great to find out you're a MTHFR!
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