Why Mapping Your DNA Could Save Your Life

With our longer life spans, some diseases and health problems that were not a problem before are major issues now.  Just in daily living, people got many times the exercise most of us do now.  A lot of energy was expended getting the horse from the corral, hooking him to the buggy and controlling the buggy (no power steering on horses) to travel somewhere.  Now we walk to the car and turn the key!  Most people didn’t live long enough to get Alzheimers’ or even cancer.  With people now living well into their 90s, we have a relatively new set of health problems.

You may think you know yourself like the back of your hand, but unless you’ve been DNA tested, there’s probably a lot you don’t know about yourself. Within each of the 50 trillion cells in your body rests the microscopic DNA that programs your entire being — your hair color, your height, your freckles (or lack thereof), your likelihood of developing cancer and whether or not you can taste cilantro.

And yet, few people in their lifetime have actually unlocked this information via DNA mapping. For starters, it used to be quite expensive. And some people might not even realize they have access to this information, while others simply might want to know what their DNA has in store for them as life unfolds.