Have you heard of 23andMe? It’s the latest trend to catch fire around here and ironically right after having a discussion with my mom centering around the desire to try a DNA kit, 23andme contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in trying it out.
Of course I jumped all over that because I was extremely interested in trying it, if for no other reason than to come back and share what the process was like and what 23andMe results look like with my family. Of course I have to share my 23andMe results with you too, so you can get a look at what the results reveal and what you might benefit from by doing it yourself!
Doing the 23andMe DNA test is very easy. Get started by ordering your 23andme kit from their website. You have the option of choosing either the Ancestry only kit or doing the health and ancestry kit for a higher price.
My 23andme results pretty much as expected, with no major surprises. It turns out I am 99.7% sub-Saharan African.
I grew up knowing that I was Somali. People always assume that I’m mixed with something since I’m light skin, but as you can see my result, I’ve 0% North African & Arabian in me.
A PROUD Somali girl!
There’s a ton of really fun reports that indicate how likely you are to have certain traits. I discovered the report indicated I was like lactose intolerant which is true (if you know me then you know I use almond milk on my coffee and cereal). It also indicated that I have the gene to smell the unique smell in urine after eating asparagus. How weird is that?!
I also discovered the reports indicated that I am not likely to be a deep sleeper which I find to be true as I wake up easily. Interestingly, it indicated that I am more likely to taste bitter. I also love salty food more than sweets so true. I’m so intrigued by how accurate, these reports have been! It’s seriously cool.
There are many, many detailed reports to view. You can also view them in a summary style, printable report. Above and below you can see some of my summarized reports. They are right on in their indication that I am unlikely to flush from alcohol, consume less caffeine and have more movement during sleep.
23andMe results also indicate if you are a genetic carrier for several different diseases. I was happy to see what diseases I carry and don’t carry.
23andMe also gives the option to connect with relatives you may not know you have. You can decide whether you want to reveal your identity and full name or remain anonymous. You can choose to connect with relatives and the report reveals the likely relation to you. I had a long list of 3rd or 4th cousins that I could connect with if I want to.
You can also choose to participate in research to help them identify more common traits among people with your similar DNA traits. By participating you’ll unlock additional reports as well!
Get started and find out what your DNA reveals about you! Do you have wet or dry earwax? Do you sneeze when suddenly exposed to bright sunlight? Find out these and many more surprising things revealed by your DNA! Get your DNA kit at 23andme.