Methylation can turn genes on or off.

Some nutrients affect the methylation process quite dramatically. Methylating factors like B12, B6, MD, Zinc monitor specific methylation reactions.


What is MTHFR?

  • Methylenehydrofolatereductase is an enzyme responsible for converting 5, 10- methylenetetrahydrofolate to the product: 5-methytetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF)
  • Certain mutations in the gene coding for MTHFR produce an enzyme that has reduced activity
  • Reduced activity can lead to elevated levels of homocysteine especially when folate levels are low
  • MTHRF genotyping can provide information about potential causes of elevated homocysteine and how to address it
  • 5-methyltetrahydrofolate is involved in the metabolism of folate and homocysteine
  • The product of the reaction catalyzed by MTHFR converts homocysteine (a potentially toxic amino acid) to methionine (a useful and necessary amino acid)

Testosterone and Heart Disease

low_testosterone_heart_disease_baucom_instituteFor years, we’ve known that low testosterone for men has created many issues but now there is evidence that it is linked to heart disease. Here are a few of the findings (JAMA, Aging Male, Geriatrics, European Heart Journal,Circulation, JACC, JCEM, Endocrinology):

Low Testosterone and Heart Disease

  • Men with coronary heart disease had significantly lower total testosterone.
  • A study showed a correlation between lower testosterone levels and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease.
  • Another study showed that men with coronary heart disease had significantly lower levels than the control group.
  • Low testosterone levels have been shown to be associated with atherosclerosis in men.

High Estrogens and Heart DiseaseHEART-DISEASE-low testosterone-baucom-institute

  • A study showed that elevated circulating estradiol is a predictor of progression of carotid artery issues.
  • High estradiol levels in men were associated with acute myocardial infarctions.
  • Elevated levels of estrogen in men are associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

Testosterone Replacement and Heart Disease

  • A study showed that with an increase of testosterone there was a 14% drop in risk of death.
  • A study revealed that testosterone replacement was associated with a decrease in HDL-C and lipoprotein a.
  • Introduction of testosterone increases coronary artery blood flow in men with coronary heart disease.
  • Testosterone replacement has shown to decrease inflammation and lower total cholesterol.

Do you know a male in his 40′s or older with a history of heart disease in his family? Share these studies and encourage him to seek medical attention, particularly a doctor educated on the connection of hormones and disease prevention.

If you are a medical professional, what are your findings on the connection of low testosterone and heart disease?

Baucom Institute Awarded 2013 Kansas Minority-Owned Professional Service Firm of the Year

Kansas minority award 2013

The Baucom Institute for Longevity & Life Enhancement has received the 2013 Kansas Minority-Owned Professional Service Firm of the Year Award from the Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development.

Dr. Karan Baucom accepted the honor at the annual Minority Enterprise Development Week luncheon, Oct. 8, 2013, in Topeka, Kansas. The Baucom Institute was selected for the award based on business leadership, company culture, community impact, sustained growth, and dedication to ethical business practices.Kansas Minority Group Award Pic 2013

The event recognized 13 companies and three individuals for their support of Kansas minority and women-owned businesses and their efforts to create opportunities. The luncheon took place during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, the Department’s annual celebration of minority and women entrepreneurs in Kansas.

“Minority and women-owned businesses make critical contributions to the Kansas economy as innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “Minority Enterprise Development Week provides us with a great way to honor these businesses and individuals for everything that they do to make Kansas a wonderful place to live and work.”

Congratulations to Dr. Baucom and Manager, Nancy Gardner, and the staff for their continued success with The Baucom Institute.

Drs. Baucom, the First

legacy_baucomHave you ever been the first to do something? Really, the first? For most people, they really can’t say that they have. For Drs. Karan and Sharon Baucom, identical twin sisters, they can say they have. They were the first minorities and first third-year students to be accepted into the UMKC School of Medicine and then the first African American women to graduate from the program.

To think of the background from which they came, makes the accomplishment even more amazing. The sisters grew up in an under-privileged area of Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated with honors from Central High School. Due to excelling, they drew attention from an anonymous donor who helped them get to KU, where, again, they excelled and drew attention to their abilities. “There wasn’t an award or honor given that one could receive that we weren’t a part of during the three years we attended KU,” Sharon said.

Completing their premed courses, they were invited to attend UMKC School of Medicine in only their third year of undergraduate school. This attracted media attention from The Kansas City Star to The New York Times. Their time at UMKC medical school was successful, leading to attention from many residency programs around the country.

“There was an excitement graduating from UMKC at the time because you knew residency programs would be monitoring your performance against traditionally trained residents,” Karan said. The sisters were asked to join residency programs in family practice and obstetrics and gynecology at KU. “This was a compliment and acknowledgement . . . , “Karan said, of their education.

Karan and Sharon then decided to go their separate ways practicing medicine and teaching and eventually reunited a few years later, establishing their own practice in Topeka, Kansas. Eventually they both went their separate ways again, Karan teaching at KU Medical Center and then establishing The Baucom Institute where she practices anti-aging and rejuvenating medicine, and Sharon became the clinical director for the state of Maryland’s correctional services 24,000 inmates.

“Thank God my sister and I had each other for support during that journey”, Karan said. KaranBaucom“It’s such a privilege to know that years ago, we were part of a vision that became a historic model.”

Dr. Baucom continues to be a trailblazer today, challenging traditional medicine with proactive health practices to help her patients live healthier and more fulfilling lives through The Baucom Institute. “Dr. B.”, as she is known to her clientele, believes that “age is only a number, not a way of life” and that life should be about quality in longevity and really living well.

If you haven’t been the first yet, be the first of those you know to change your life and how you live it. How is your health and your quality of life?