You’ve spit in the little tube, mailed it off to 23andMe, and finally have your results available! Yay! After playing around with all the fun ancestry information on 23andMe, you can download your data and dig into finding out more about yourself.
(Seriously, the data is yours and you really should go download the raw data file.)
Here are a few places to get you started on your quest to find out more about your genetics:
1. This blog! There is a ton of information here, and it is all free.
- Fun or interesting posts to start with:
- Click the links in each article to access your 23andMe results or install the handy SNPtips extension for Firefox to easily see your results right on each blog page.
- Check out the free reports on Celiac and Detoxification genes.
- Read the Getting Started page for background info on genetics.
2. Promethease and codegen.eu: These are reports that you can run on your 23andMe results which compare your SNPs with those listed in www.snpedia.com. These both can point to a lot of issues that you may be genetically prone to have. It is a good starting point to let you know what to look into, but it can also be overwhelming to know which information is truly important.
The Promethese report is about $5 and gives a nicely formatted report that is easy to navigate. The Codegen.eu report is Free, and also has a ton of information based on snpedia.com along with links to other information. I would suggest starting with Codegen.eu since it is free, but, if you find their format confusing, the Promethease format may be easier to understand (and it is only $5).
3. Methylation Pathway Analysis: This report gives a lot of background information on methylation cycle issues. It is based on the work of Dr. Amy Yasko, who is an expert in molecular biology and has written several books on autism. Dr. Yasko’s website has a wealth of information on genetics and methylation. She has shared much of her research openly and has one of her books available on her website to read for free.
4. Genetic Genie: This site has a printable report format with information to get you started in looking at methylation cycle issues. It is great as a starting point, but keep in mind that everyone is unique and all of the advice may not apply to you.
5. Read, Read Read! There are a lot of blogs and groups giving tons of suggestions and protocols for certain polymorphisms. They may be a good starting point for your research, but you should always look into where the author is getting their information. Don’t just blindly follow what someone says on the Facebook! If you are going to add in a supplement or change your diet, keep track of whether it actually seems to be working for your body.
All of this genetics stuff can truly be the key to optimizing your health, and it is worthwhile to spend the time reading and understanding the research. Nope, it isn’t easy to understand. Just keep digging and googling the words that you don’t know!
6. Paid websites that may or may not be worth the money (I actually haven’t tried most of them…):
- StrateGene – $45. Gives you a report of what your polymorphisms are for methylation pathways. They recommend working with a physician to interpret the report.
- LiveWello – $19.99 When you upload your 23andMe data, you can see the major and minor alleles for a bunch of snps. There is a community here of people who are interested in their genes, and there are links to practitioners who you can hire to help interpret your results.
- Nutrahacker – from $37 – $85. Has several reports that you can buy on celiac, methylation, and carrier status. (Most of the information is actually available on this blog and other blogs for free, but if money is not an issue, the reports are probably the simplest way to get the information in a nice, printable format.)
If you have suggestions of other websites, please add them in the comments below.