I am 62 years old. I already have experienced some significant health issues. Would the results support what I already know? In my family, there is a significant history of cancer. We all "assume" that that is what will eventually kill us. Quite a few relatives have developed macular degeneration. And the bigger question -- how strong is the science behind 23andme's health predictions?
I told my daughter that if she didn't want to know the results, I wouldn't share them. She said she didn't think I could keep my mouth shut. Even if I could, she wasn't sure that she could stand "not knowing" if I knew. I decided I was going to do it anyway.
Well the results came. I was pleasantly surprised. For one thing, they let you know whether or not you are a "carrier" for genes that are responsible for things like cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, etc. I found out that I was not a carrier for any one of them! What a nice thing to know. You can click on each disease for a description of what it is. The yellow stars indicate the level of confidence in the research that backs up the prediction. Not only that, but you can be referred to the specific studies that identified the gene. Here are some of my results.