Charlie's story began in college when he abruptly lost about 40lbs in one month. After his doctor ran several tests, Charlie learned he had ulcerative colitis, so he took medications and changed his diet to manage his symptoms. Still, he never felt completely better. Despite years of appointments, treatments, and tests, his doctors could only assure him that his condition was in remission.
When Charlie's wife gave him a 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service kit, he found out he was at increased risk for developing celiac disease. He took his 23andMe report to his doctors for follow-up testing and found out that he did, in fact, have celiac disease. "Without 23andMe, I'm not sure how I would have ever uncovered the truth about my condition."
After his diagnosis, Charlie made lifestyle changes suggested by his doctor, like cutting out gluten. While some changes have been difficult, Charlie is grateful 23andMe helped him take control of his health.