Homocysteine levels reflect a process that occurs within every cell in the body, known as methylation. Methylation and cell detoxification control the expression of our genetic material in the process of replicating DNA, in RNA and proteins. When this process is not working properly, homocysteine levels are elevated; therefore this marker reveals cellular function or dysfunction on the most basic level.
High homocysteine is associated with disorders that range from heart disease and cancer to Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis. The graph below represents the correlation between homocysteine levels, cardiovascular disease, and 10 year survival probability.
The good news is that elevated homocysteine levels reflect an imbalance correctable with diet and supplements. It is also encouraging to know that as homocysteine levels come back into a more normal range, that indicates reduced risk.
hsHomocysteine is the preferred measure of effective methylation with a goal of <6 µmol/L.
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