It’s More Affordable Than Ever to Learn About Your Heritage

May 2, 2017 at 10:32 PM 2 comments

If you haven’t heard of 23 and Me, chances are you will in the near future. For years now, 23andMe has been able to tell you specific things about your ancestry, just by analyzing your DNA through a simple sample sent in through the mail. You might learn that your ancestors were the owners of an awesome castle in Germany, way back in the 1500s. Or you might learn that your forebears fought lions in the deserts of Africa. That’s really cool stuff to know, and through deals like the one available through Groupon, it’s more affordable than ever. But this stuff has been around awhile now. 23andMe is in the news again because they have started to get into the field of personalized medicine.

You see, your genes tell an incredible story about your future. We don’t understand it all yet, but we’re starting to unravel genetic mysteries through science. One of the most important revelations yet exposed is the threat of specific diseases in the lives of specific individuals. 23andMe already allows users to understand their risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and a rare blood disorder. Just a few years ago, no one knew who would get Alzheimer’s. Today, it’s possible not just to know whether or not you’ll get the disease, but at what age!

There are alternatives to finding out about the legacy of your family, like Ancestry.com for example, another place to enjoy awesome discounts from Groupon. It’s absolutely amazing to live in a time where we can use this information for more than the most general family tree. When we start to understand the ramifications of our genetic family history for our own health, we can start to make important preliminary and preventative decisions.

Angelina Jolie had her breasts removed because she was at such great risk for developing breast cancer. In her estimation it was wiser to undergo an operation than risk getting sick or worse yet dying and leaving her children without a mother. She was unwilling to wait for the illness to invade her body before taking preventative action.

In the future, (and not too far, we might add), these decisions will be available for the average person, and you won’t have to resort to such drastic means to prepare. Not only will people be able to identify the risk factors that predispose them to certain diseases, as well as the genetic realities that make certain maladies unavoidable, they’ll be able to alter their DNA to prevent the development of these illnesses.

CRISPR is already altering genes to prevent negative outcomes, and this technology will soon be available to all. For the financially minded, this is a way to improve health significantly. It may soon ensure that you can prevent disease rather than paying for health solutions after problems have already set in. In the future, the expense to be healthy will come at the front, not at the end of life. This will result in a lot less money being spent and a lot less pain and heartache too.

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  • 1. Mrs.Need2Save  |  May 9, 2017 at 8:18 PM

    My son actually was interested in 23andme this time last year. He asked for the kit for his 18th birthday. I think he was curious to know where his family was from (other than Maryland, of course). We were all interested to read his report and see what it said about our heritage. It didn’t lead to any remarkable medical-related revelations but I can see that as this evolves, it can be more and more useful to people. Especially people who are adopted and have no idea where their biology is coming from. Cheers!

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  • 2. OFG  |  May 12, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    My husband and I also completed this test. We didn’t find any genetic abnormalities but it was interesting to see our heritage lines and how different they were from one another.

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