Your bones are made up of minerals like calcium. The balance of mineral levels in your bones is known as bone mineral density.
Keeping a healthy bone mineral density can protect your bones from weakness and fracture. Many factors influence your risk of lower bone mineral density and fracture risk, including genes that affect calcium and vitamin D uptake, and bone development.
The GC gene is linked to vitamin D levels and can influence how your body uses calcium to build and maintain your bone. Certain genetic variants of this gene are associated with decreased vitamin D and calcium metabolism and higher risk of fractures.
Learn about how your DNA affects your bone health — and many other traits related to your health and wellbeing — and get expert recommendations on how you can stay healthy as you age with the Wellness Report!