One month ago I bought a DNA kit from 23andme and I just got my results. There is far too much data to make any real sense of on first glace, but it’s certainly fun if nothing else.
I have lower than average risks of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s — about 30% and 15% lower, respectively. I have a 75% lower than average risk of type 1 diabetes, but a slightly higher (8%) than average risk of type 2.
Of all the diseases I am at high risk for, Venous Thromboembolism (causes blood clots and things) and prostate cancer are at the top. I have about a 1/3 chance of getting each of them. Additionally, I carry one known problematic trait, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency, which makes parts of my body (particularly fragile lung tissue) less able to protect itself from an enzyme released by white blood cells. This increases my risk for lung and liver diseases. I am more sensitive than average to warfarin, a commonly used blood thinner, which means that if I ever need it my optimal dose would be smaller than normal. On a bright note, I have decreased risk of male pattern baldness.
Overall I’m quite “typical” according to 23andme. Most of my appearance factors (hair curl, freckling, etc) fall into the typical range, as do most of my chemical predilections (food preference, alcoholism risk, etc). My ear wax stands out as “wet”, my non-verbal IQ (whatever that is) is likely to be slightly higher, my likelihood of complications if I contract malaria are higher than normal (something I’m glad I didn’t know before going to Vietnam) and my odds of menopause are unsurprisingly not applicable.
My genes corroborate the stories that my mom’s family was northern European and my dad’s was eastern European Jews. This makes me — and this will come as a surprise to literally no one that has met me — overwhelmingly white: