If you had the opportunity to look into a crystal ball and see what health risks lay ahead for you – would you take it?
While this may seem like something out of the movies, it’s much more real than you may think. As we keep advancing in genetic research, we’re getting closer and closer to being able to paint a clearer view of what might genetically lay down the road for us.
Having this information could allow those who’ve undergone genetic testing to better understand what health risks they are susceptible to and give them the time to make healthier lifestyle changes sooner.
Taking a Look into the Genetic “Crystal Ball”
In an April 2019 study conducted by 23andMe, 62% of those surveyed said that “[genetic] information could help them make lifestyle changes to improve their health […] and 66 percent said they would be interested in learning about genetic variants that they could pass on to their children that could increase the risk for certain diseases.”
Knowing this information allows individuals and those who are looking to start families to better understand themselves and the DNA they will be passing along. Having this “insiders look” can help open the door to preventative care conversations with your personal healthcare provider that could end up saving you or your loved ones down the line.
23andMe now offers a Health + Ancestry Service kit which offers information on:
- Health Predispositions
- Ancestry Information
- Carrier Status
Genetic testing can help you gain a better understanding on whether or not you are at an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes, Celiac Disease, Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and others. Check out this sample report provided by 23andMe.
Why This Matters
We’ve come so far in health and medicine. And now more than ever, the importance of living healthier lives both physically and mentally is at the forefront of our minds.
DNA testing can help give you some insight into understanding more about who you are and the family lineage you’ve come from. The more you know about who you are, the more you’ll understand what’s important health-wise to you specifically.
If you’ve ever been curious about your health or you’ve just wanted to live a healthier lifestyle, consider having your DNA tested. It’s an easy and painless way to subtly leave your mark on your family tree and help generations to come better understand their history.
City Sports Club is not affiliated with 23andMe.