Thank you 23andMe for sponsoring this post. For more information about this leading health and ancestry DNA service, please visit 23andMe.
Why? I know very little about my own DNA and genetic makeup. And what little I do know isn’t great. My maternal great grandmother, grandmother and aunt all died at an early age from breast cancer, and my own mother was diagnosed 3 years ago. She is now a breast cancer survivor at the age of 50. I’ve often wondered if I carry the gene, or if I’m predisposed to any other health problems.
If not breast cancer, what else am I susceptible to? Wouldn’t it be nice to know what could be coming my way? Diabetes? Heart disease? Parkinsons? MS? And if not for my sake, I have my children to think about too. Can I prepare them for what lies ahead somehow? Possibly. With the right information there might be something they can do to decrease their risk for certain health problems or diseases.
- Reports on 240+ health conditions and traits (full list here)
- Testing for 40+ inherited conditions
- Discover your ancestry composition
- Updates on your DNA as science advances
Information like that could be very valuable to you at some point, should you ever need medical care for something like that.
While I know DNA and genetic testing isn’t a cure or the solution to life’s problems, I do believe it can be a very helpful tool for people to use. While it would be nice to have some information regarding my own family medical history and genetic makeup, I know there are many other determining factors that go along with it. (Lifestyle, diet, environmental, etc). And I do like how easy and affordable 23andMe makes it for people now.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.