Thanks to recent advancements in medical technology, we can now learn about our ancestry in astonishing detail. 23andMe is one such result of these technological advancements, and it is available to patients who want to learn everything their DNA says about them. We can walk you through the process and help you find out how you can apply the information you learn toward your personal health and wellness at Neurosurgery and Beyond. Contact our office in Sacramento to learn more!
How Does 23andMe Work?
23andMe is a straightforward, completely non-invasive process. The test only requires a small sample of your saliva, which will be evaluated over the course of the next six to eight weeks. Once your report has been sent to you, you will be able to learn about yourself on a level more personal than ever before.
The test gathers information from the 23 pairs of chromosomes present in the DNA of your saliva.
What Can 23andMe Tell Me?
Not only will your report show you where your ancestry lies, but it will also give you detailed information about what traits you inherited and which, if any, health conditions for which you may be at risk.
What makes 23andMe stand out above other DNA tests are the two reports that detail your genetic health risks and carrier status.
- Genetic health risks highlight which conditions or illnesses you may be more susceptible to getting. While not a diagnosis, the report can help you learn what to look out for and which steps you can take to increase your chances of a long and healthy life.
- Carrier status shows which conditions you could be carrying, even if you do not personally suffer from one. This could be especially beneficial for anyone interested in starting a family and looking to plan ahead. This report can let you know if you are a carrier for an illness like cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia.
Depending on the test you choose, you can receive highly detailed reports about areas such as your hereditary disease carrier status, family traits, ancestry, overall wellness or a combination of all reports.
Learn More About 23andMe at Neurosurgery and Beyond
If you’re ready to find out what your ancestry says about you, schedule your first appointment with us at Neurosurgery and Beyond in Sacramento. We’ll help you turn your personalized report into a guide toward a healthier life.