23andMe DNA Test Results Are In- Yikes! | EpicReviewGuys CC


– Hi, it’s Parris from Epic Reviews, and I just got in the
results from my 23 and Me 99 dollar DNA test, and as
the doctors like to say, there’s good news and there’s bad news. ♫ Epic Review Guys ♫ It was November last
year that I saw 23 and Me was having a special for just 99 dollars they would do a DNA test for you that would test about a
million spots on your DNA, and tell you whether you
were more inclined to some medical conditions,
less inclined to some, would also let you see your ancestral DNA, your make up of where
your family came from, and people you might be related to. Now about the time I was
filling my vial with spit to send back to them for the test, the FDA notified 23 and
Me, hey, no more of this, indicating to people
whether they’re inclined to get certain medical conditions unless you have very, very strong proof and you’re absolutely
certain you’re not mistaken in giving them wrong information, because some people may go out and do something drastic. I think I was one of
the last people to get my spit in in time to have the option of seeing
my medical results. If you go and do the test now they don’t offer you that anymore. It’s just the ancestral side
that you can find out about. At the time I ordered
the test, I thought yeah, information is good. I wanna see if I’m inclined to something, maybe I can change
something in my lifestyle to improve that, maybe there’s a bunch of things I don’t need to worry about coming down with in my lifetime. So sure, I agree, I agree,
send me all the results. I’ll participate in all the study. Well, when I got to this first screen I stopped. So, Parkinson’s Disease indicator and the Alzheimer’s Disease indicator are locked, and you have to go and open, unlock them. At first I thought they were gonna charge extra for it, but no, that’s not it. It’s because you really may not wanna know the answer to this, and
when I gave it a little thought I realized I don’t, because these diseases obviously really have such a major impact on your life. They can’t be cured or really treated very well currently, and there’s really nothing you can do to
keep from getting them. It’s not like well,
it’s a terrible disease, and we can’t cure it,
but since you know you’re inclined to get it, you know,
make all these lifestyle changes and it may keep
you from getting it, that there’s really
nothing you can do about it at this point, so they’re
separate and they’re locked, and I understand that. I know I thought I would
wanna see all my results, I’ve actually decided not to unlock that. Now the bad news first, we start here will elevated
risk of having these conditions, and again we’ve got the
stars for confidence. There are only four that
they’re very confident that they can accurately
predict if you’re more inclined to have these conditions. The ones down below with the fewer stars mean there’s some data for that, but it’s not yet a strong
scientific correlation. The one that really shocked me is the prostate cancer. Cancer doesn’t run in my family. I don’t know any males in my family that have had prostate cancer yet. They’re telling me I
have an 8% higher risk of prostate cancer, which
it’s not like it’s double everybody else, but that
makes it a one in four chance, so it’s kind of worrisome. Okay, then they talk about
genes versus environment, that it’s about half of your likelihood seems to be genetic for prostate cancer, and half of it is environmental, things that you’re exposed to, perhaps your diet. They don’t know all of that yet, but if we look further down, what can you do? Talk to your doctor
about a screening test. You can be screened more aggressively to stay on top of that, your PSA test, and other things that they do to men to check on your prostate. Then further down, they
give you some suggestions. Now, there’s nothing
particular that’s been shown to greatly reduce
prostate cancer risk, but tomatoes have lycopene
and various things. This may help. Make sure you have enough
folate in your diet, moderate your calcium intake. I should stay on top of
being tested for this, and whatever advice they
have to try to reduce the risk, I should follow that. Now, to be honest, when I first saw this I really was shocked, and the very first thing
that came into my mind. I had an Angelina Jolie moment was, well, I don’t need it anymore. Just have it removed. Of course there’s all kinds of considering it’s locations,
the nerves that pass through it and so forth,
there are a lot of side effects to the surgery. It’s definitely something
I’ll talk to my doctor about, but after getting it over,
that first impression of well, cut it out. I’ve decided all right,
I will just stay on top of monitoring it, see
what steps I can take to reduce the risks. Back to my elevated risk list, number one is type one diabetes. Now, I thought that was something if you we’re gonna get
it, you tended to get it when you were very young, because this is sort of frightening here. I’m at over three times the risk of the average population if you just think diabetes, that’s all
you know, you would say oh my gosh, but of
course there’s type one, there’s type two, and
type one I believe does, if you’re going to get
it it will affect you more likely when you’re young, but look at the age range here. For all ages, from birth to 79, if I change that to my age range here, now instead of three and a
half it’s .36 out of 100. This one honestly is rather misleading. I think this is the
kinda thing that the FDA is saying, maybe it’s
better not to have this test with just a webpage saying hey, you got three and a half
times risk of diabetes, you should do this with a doctor, with a genetic counselor who can explain these things to you. Now further down the
list with fewer stars, these are other things I
have an increased risk of, but there’s not a lot of strong science to say I should be worrying about these things a great deal. Asthma, thyroid cancer, male infertility, ha. I beat them on that one. Okay, there’s those, alright. Time for the good news. Decreased risk, and
there are more of these with the strong confidence. First one is type two diabetes. My risk is 18%. The average risk is 25%. Now that’s a good one, because
that does run in my family, and so that I have a
lower risk of it is good. Is this a get out of jail free card? That means you can just
go wild, you won’t get it, just means I have a lower likelihood than the average person of coming down with it, but that’s actually very
good news for me right there. Less chance of psoriasis, age
related macular degeneration, melanoma, restless leg syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, that’s very good not to have a likelihood of that, that’s a scary one. Now other things under health
that you can check into, drug response if you are
particularly sensitive to a drug, or you might have
a bad reaction to a drug. That’s a good one to know. Inherited conditions, traits. Now on the ancestral side
it’ll tell you where your relatives’ likelihood came from. Of course, as you go further
back, you have more and more relatives that may have come from unexpected places. This says that my DNA is 99.6% European, which makes sense. I’m 47.4% British and Irish. I know my family came from
England 100 years ago, so this is all fitting in real well. The surprise is the .1% East
Asian and Native American. It’s very small. It’s one tenth of 1%, but if that’s a strand of
DNA that couldn’t have come from a European I’m real
curious where that came from. Now, just as sort of a curiosity they tell you what percent of your DNA you have in common with neanderthals, 2.6% for me, a little bit less
than the average European. They give you some, I mean
it’s fun information about it, but look over on the right. They even sell t-shirts
that you can put your neanderthal percentage and
that you’re proud of it. This is the research and
survey section of the website, and I think this may actually
be the most interesting part of this whole project, because with this you can actually
make a contribution to understanding of human genetics. There’s surveys about all kinds of things. I’ve gone through and
done a bunch already, and they can take the
answers that you give here and combine that with what
they know about your DNA, and look for patterns. So all in all it’s a lot of information. It’s a lot to take in. You learn so much about
yourself all at once, things that you can’t see
that’s going on inside every cell of your body that’s
making you what you are. It’s kind of scary, because it’s so new and because I sent in a sample of spit, and they can tell me I’m at an increased risk for prostate cancer. It’s a little bit frightening. So scary or not, this is the future. Biotechnology is going to remake the world in the next 20 years
just like technology has in the past 20 years, and if you’re not quite ready
to have your DNA tested yet, you can wait a little
while longer, but not too much longer. It’s coming. ♫ Shopping is easy when
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