I recently did the 23andME DNA test and discovered I have 2 of the MTHFR genes C677T and A1298C. I’ve done some research, trying to understand it all, but it’s still so confusing. I understand a lot of doctors aren’t very educated on this so I don’t really know where to start. Do I just go to a regular MD and tell them I have the MTHFR gene and get checked for vitamin deficiency and then go from there? My main question is since I have this gene, that means at least one of my parents have/had it and their parents, as well.
I actually have a huge family and as far as I know, none of them is aware of this. If none of them ever knew about it then how did they live so long (both sets of my grandparents lived to be in their 80’s) and not be treated with the proper vitamins their body needed (methylated B12 & Folate) and not staying away from folic acid foods/vitamins the whole time? They most likely took multivitamins containing folic acid! I also have 2 kids I need to get tested now. Can a paediatrician test for these genes? I plan to treat this, but what would happen if I never found out about it and didn’t treat myself and kids for it, like the rest of my family? Any other genes I need to be concerned about? Sorry for all the questions this is just very overwhelming. Any advice is appreciated.