Well it’s been quite a while since I last posted on here…..for MANY reasons. The main one relates to this very post
After decades of being tired (read “exhausted”) even after a good night’s sleep, it turns out that I have a genetic mutation! It’s known as the MTHFR genetic mutation, and upon investigation, it turns out that me having this genetic mutation and not knowing about it, could have had dire consequences for my pregnancy and the health of my daughter.
Put simply, this genetic mutation affects our ability to produce glutathione, which is our main antioxidant that helps us process toxins. It also renders those with the mutation unable to process folic acid….and we all know that most of us take folic acid whilst pregnant and lactating.
Because I had the gene mutation but was unaware of it, my daughter could have been born with autism or spina bifida (to name a few conditions) due mainly to my inability to absorb the folic acid.
Apparently the mutation can also be responsible for infertility, miscarriage and still birth, which is why I am telling anyone who will listen!!!
To be honest, I still do not fully understand the methylation process that this mutation inhibits, but a pretty easy-to-understand site can be found here: http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/mthfr-gene-mutation-whats-big-deal.html
What I do know is that the result of having the gene and not knowing, could be disastrous. And if you have been having troubles conceiving or birthing healthy babies, a simple blood test may unearth some answers. NB: even thought this is a SIMPLE blood test, MTHFR genetic mutations are not on most GPs radars, so do your homework and take them some information if you are called to investigate this further.
The doctor that I saw for my own diagnosis is Dr Kate Norris at the U Clinic in Surry Hills. I cannot recommend her highly enough. If not for her thinking outside of the box, I could have died young from stroke or heart disease, or our next bubba may have had health issues.
I am certainly no expert on this matter, but I would be happy to help you out where I can if you need some guidance around this mutation.
Please help by telling others!