Health DNA tests
Nowadays, you can have DNA tests performed that can tell you more about your health. These tests show, for instance, whether you’re genetically predisposed to gain weight faster, or more likely to enjoy snacking. These tests can also point out if you’re more likely to develop certain diseases or intolerances.
A DNA health test could, for instance, shine a light on the following issues:
- Are you sensitive to a deficiency of the most important vitamins?
- Are you at a risk for developing lactose or gluten intolerance?
- Do you have a heightened risk of getting Alzheimer’s?
- What type of diet are you most sensitive to?
- How big is the chance that you’ll go bald?
Pretty much anything you can think of, there’s a website that has incorporated it into the health check
How does this work?
DNA health tests function pretty much the same as the DNA research focussed on ancestry. They compare your DNA with DNA from other people in their database, and check if there’s certain characteristics and diseases that occur regularly in your group.
Health research as expansion on ancestry research
It happens regularly that people have a health-based DNA test done in addition to the ancestry test they’re having performed. There are a few parties that offer this option.
Because the rights of these parties are still limited, you can upload the data in Promethease. This site makes a connection between DNA genotypes that you’ve received from your test, and the SNPedia database.
This is a pretty privacy sensitive subject, as it can tell quite a lot about you and your body. You can’t know for sure where your data will end up in the future. Imagine, for instance, what health insurance providers could do with this information. They could at least heighten your premium if you’re at a higher risk for certain diseases. We’ll soon consider this issue in more detail here on DNAtests.org. But in any case, pay attention and be aware of this issue.