I have no need to know where my ancestors come from, or whether they were vikings or celts. My lineage is of little interest to me. I’m a South African living the melting pot society dream where we celebrate our uniqueness and our commonalities simultaneously.
What is of interest to me however is my health! What is in my genes?
For the longest time, I was afraid of of getting diabetes. There is loads of it on my mom’s side of the family. In fact I have grandmothers, great grandmothers and great aunts that died from this dreaded disease. Granted, some of it was in the days before there was a treatment. However, the point is that if it’s coming for me, it’s of a particularly nasty strain. My uncle has it and I don’t envy him.
It came as almost heaven sent information when I found out that, by testing your DNA, you can get an idea of what’s waiting for you, in your genes. With a simple buccal swab in the mouth, you hand in your saliva sample, and you get the results two weeks later.
The doctor that presented me with my results, Dr Christa North, was gentle, and thorough. She spent a lot of time explaining everything in great detail. I found out all sorts of things, including why I feel at my best in the afternoons, what I should and should not