Years ago I sent off a couple of cheek swabs to the genetic testing startup 23 and Me.
I have finally gotten around to reviewing the medical and health reports created from my results. I should have looked into this more thoroughly when I had the chance a few years back.
Doctors have been trying to figure why I have had attacks on my gallbladder and bowels. The answers were never discovered, until now. I have a variety of mutations that indicate the likelihood of a few serious diseases.
Here’s what the 23 and Me report says about it:
“This SNP is located in the IRF5 gene, which encodes a protein that is involved in the regulation of a specific type of immune system cell. Variants in this gene have been associated with autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Although its exact role in PBC is unclear, IRF5 has been shown to promote inflammation.”
I’ve always known that my immune system can be a bit touchy. My body sometimes overreacts, whether it’s allergy attacks when I was younger or medications for hypertension.
It’s nice to have some answers, even if it is bad news. Now, hopefully, the docs can help identify these diseases so that therapies can assist my body in combating them.