Friday, June 14, 2013

23andMe: Genetic Testing


Thank you 23andMe for sponsoring this post. For more information about this leading health and ancestry DNA service, please visit 23andMe.


Genetic testing has been on my mind a lot lately.

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.

Besides the health aspect of gene testing, there's also the ancestry side to it. I know pretty much nothing about my heritage or where my family came from. I've always been interested in this subject. Unfortunately it's not something I've looked into myself because it can be costly. I would love to have some answers for when my kids ask me later on in life.

23andMe is a DNA analysis service that provides information and tools for individuals to learn about and explore their DNA. The cool thing about their service is that you can do it from the privacy of your own home.

How it works
  • 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

Using 23andMe is easy. Simply order their kit online for $99. You'll receive your kit in the mail along with a special cup to spit in and return to them to be processed. About 6-8 weeks later you'll get your results, including your recent and ancient ancestry, your carrier risk for certain diseases, and even your drug response (example: Clopidogrel (Plavix®) helps prevent heart attacks by keeping blood cells from sticking together. But a genetic variation that interferes with the drug's metabolism prevents some people from getting the full effect).

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.

For more information on 23andMe, check them out here!



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

3 comments:

  1. So cool!! I always wanted to try something like this. :)

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  2. My husband and I have already sent our samples to their lab! We have about 6 weeks to wait until we get our results. It's kind of nerve racking but I'm also excited to learn more about my heritage. I think it will also be a useful tool for when we decide to have a family and can be prepared for things that may come up.

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  3. That's awesome! It is nerve racking I'm sure...but having the information will be great!

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