23 and Me Review

Updated: Jun 5

On todays blog I am going to be sharing my experience doing the 23andMe ancestry DNA kit, as well as the health portion (tells you predisposition to diseases, etc).


I got the kit for my birthday. Everyone always asks me "What ethnicity are you?" and I can never answer it.. The only thing I ever say is "White and Italian, I'm not exactly sure!". Doing the 23andMe kit seems like the next appropriate step for me and I'm so excited to share that with you guys! I'm writing this to tell you about my experience, the timeline, and ultimately my results and if I would recommend it.


Dec. 16, 2019

I mailed my saliva test back to the lab for 23andMe. Currently I am waiting for them to receive it and start working on my kit!


Dec. 22, 2019

In the meantime I have been taking all of the health quizzes and questionnaires! They are still waiting to receive my saliva sample.


Dec, 24, 2019

They received my sample today and are genotyping my DNA! My results are expected Jan. 13, 2020.

I have always told people I am Italian because my great grandma was full Italian, and my parents recently told me they think I am Italian and German. Waiting to see if this is true!


Dec. 30, 2019

I received my results today! I was honestly nervous because I have been telling myself if I have Alzheimers then I might not have kids...



So, today I found out I am:


Ancestry

(92.5% Northwestern European)

39.5% British and Irish

27.3% French and German

3.1% Scandinavian

.3% Finnish

22.3% Broadly Northwestern European

3.0% Southern European

2.6% Italian (I am shocked about this!)

4% Other European types

.2% Arab/Egyptian/Levantine

.1% Sub-Saharan African

AND .5% Unassigned


Wellness

I am:

More likely to consume more caffeine

Predisposed to weigh more than average

Likely to move more than average when I sleep

(It also tested things like alcohol flush reaction, deep sleep level, lactose intolerance)


Traits

This section was actually my favorite

It tells you the percentage of likeliness to have certain traits, examples include ability to match a musical pitch (which I cannot do), Fear of heights and public speaking, hair thickness and what time you wake up.. Most of this was actually pretty spot on for me.


It also talks about eye color, hair color, dimples, freckles, fingers and toes, and all kinds of fun stuff. This is so interesting to see what your DNA can tell them.


Health Predisposition

They test your DNA to match it with certain variants that are detected in certain genetic health risks... It does not diagnose you, but this is the part I was most nervous about

Examples include: Parkinsons, Late-onset Alzheimers, Celiacs disease, Type 2 Diabetes, various cancers, and so so many more (mine was tested for 58 different ones!)


Personally my results said that I have 2 variants detected but not at an increases risk

Age-related Macular Degeneration (irreversible vision loss in older adults)

Hereditary Hemochromatosis (absorption of too much dietary iron)


Conclusion

Sooo at the end of all of this, this was the freakin' COOLEST experience!!

I finally figured out where I came from. I recommend this to anyone and everyone. The 23andMe kit that includes the health predisposition is more expensive than the normal ancestry one, and personally I wouldn't mind just doing the ancestry one. With that being said if my results were different and I had more variants my answer might be different, and I am not sure what they tell you on the normal one!


They also compile a health plan for you based on you results, if you have any predisposed diseases they can tell you how to decrease this or change your lifestyle. Personally my new years goal is to create a workout schedule for myself, it is easy to let it slide and skip over it with a busy lifestyle, but it is so important!


Please reach out with any questions or share your results with me! I'm curious about other peoples genetics!

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