Each health category also has its own page listing all of the reports in that category and a summary of your results for each. You can click on the category names to reach these more complete listings. The Disease Risk page includes nearly 100 reports related to common or complex diseases and is divided up into those diseases for which your genetics suggests an Elevated Risk, Decreased Risk, or Typical Risk. Given the large number of reports, it can be helpful to focus on the diseases that fall under Elevated Risk, especially if your calculated risk is high or much greater than average.white paper describing our criteria for vetting genetic associations.) Established Research reports also provide a lot of background information covering the biology of the disease, the balance of genetic and environmental factors, and ideas for monitoring and prevention.Preliminary Research reports, on the other hand, provide less context and are meant to keep you up to speed on research connecting genetics to a wide variety of conditions. These reports have confidence ratings that are 3 stars or lower, corresponding to the size of the study (studies that included more people with the disease get more stars). Unlike the Established Research reports, Preliminary Research reports give you separate results for each genetic variant linked to a particular disease, rather than combining these results into a single risk estimate. Additional scientific studies may eventually provide enough support to “graduate” some Preliminary Research reports to Established Research status, but until then, those results should be considered purely for informational purposes.
Once you find an interesting report and click on it, you’ll have much more information at your fingertips. Check out the next post — a guided tour through 23andMe’s 4-star Disease Risk reports!Check out our companion series, Ancestry at 23andMe, and other articles in 23andMe How-To.