It's pretty amazing how my DNA results also confirmed what I had already suspected. For example, I have gone without gluten for three years now, not because it's the latest fad but because it works better for my body and brain. One of my daughters is also gluten-free due to autoimmune conditions, which have been in remission since she adopted the diet.
Sure enough, we both carry the gene variation that is closely related to celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Even though having the gene does not mean someone will necessarily be gluten intolerant or have celiac disease, it is a piece of the puzzle to consider.
Further, my DNA profile matched with that of my first cousin, who lives out of state and is relatively unknown to me. She had used the same testing company, so I sent her a message through Facebook. She was enthusiastic upon connecting, and I found that she is also gluten intolerant and showed the same gene variation.
As we shared more DNA information, we also found family trends (for example, our children have similar physical characteristics), and compared family heritage stories regarding our Irish immigrant ancestors. At this point I was so happy, I started pushing other family members to also do the test.
Still, not all of the "fun facts" I found out through Promethease were positive. For example, I have the APOE e4 variant, which is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's. Instead of being discouraged, though, I put this information in the "good to know" category and consider it just another reason to make sure I get adequate sleep, exercise, and nutrition (with lots of omega-3s!).
I haven't discussed my results with my physician yet, but I am curious about the reaction I will get.
Overall, though, no matter what the DNA says, I know the best thing I can do is continue to live a healthy life. Based on my experience and education as a holistic health coach, I believe that having a clean lifestyle, minimizing toxic exposure (food and environmental), and consuming nutrient-dense food can have a positive effect on gene expression.
Some people argue that they don’t want to know about their genetic predisposition, and I understand that. But to me, it was something that I approached in an optimistic and opportunistic way. I'm using the information about my genes to motivate myself to live a healthier life.
If you have concerns about your own DNA results, please consult a geneticist or a doctor.