Kristin’s motivation for exploring 23andMe was strictly personal -- safeguarding the family history her grandmother had given her. But it was her grandfather’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease that inspired her to use 23andMe to learn more about how her DNA may impact her health.
When her results came back, Kristin opted into 23andMe’s Genetic Health Risk reports. She was relieved to discover she did not have the variant associated with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease tested by 23andMe. However, she did have two copies of the tested variants for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a condition she’d never heard of.
Kristin reviewed 23andMe’s scientific details and learned of the link between alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and emphysema. By consulting with both a genetic specialist and her doctor, she was able to learn more about her condition and take steps to mitigate her risk.