Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Health & Inherited Conditions
My main reason for DNA testing was for genealogy research but a big side benefit turned out to be the 23andMe test results for health and inherited conditions. These results come before matching of genomes is available.
Our family has a history of both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. When the results came back, it was actually a little scary the way they presented the information. It has always been in the back of my mind that this will be my fate but that is a little different than actually facing it square on. Before viewing, it is recommended that you watch a video and decide if you want to see the results. By this time I am wondering if they do this for everyone or just the people with bad news. I image some people would prefer not to know. Me, I want to know so I can do something about it, if possible.
When I finally did click on the results, it was a huge relief to find out that I actually have a reduced chance for Alzheimer's and am at normal risk for Parkinson's. What a relief!!! However, I have elevated risks on a few other heath items that I am reviewing. Plus two conditions that were partially inherited and could be passed on to my children.