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It’s no secret that a good diet and plenty of exercise is the foundation for living a healthy lifestyle. Despite all the fad diets and exercise programs I’ve tried, my best results have always come from a daily diet with balanced macros and getting off the couch to move around for about 30 minutes to an hour a day. Who knew all of those doctors, fitness trainers, and dietitians were telling me the truth? There really isn’t any magic behind living healthy.
Even if you are mindful about eating healthy and staying active, there are contributing factors to your overall health that you can’t control. I’m talking about genetics, and the inherited risks we have for some health conditions that can’t simply be managed with healthy eating and exercise.
Thanks to modern technology, there is a way to find out what specific health conditions that you are at the greatest risk of inheriting. Do you want to know your personal risk for inherited high cholesterol, iron overload, or digestive issues? How about your inherited risk of breast cancer or heart issues like cardiomyopathy? The way to find out the inherited risks you face in your DNA is with AncestryHealth®.
What is AncestryHealth®?
AncestryHealth® is a genetic health test of your DNA that can give you a deeper understanding of your health, as well as your origins, ethnicity, and traits. The benefits built into AncestryHealth® include:
- Genetic health risk reports
- Useful health insights
- A family health history tool
- Support resources
- All the features of AncestryDNA® + Traits
Powered by next-generation sequencing technology (NGS), the DNA results from AncestryHealth® show if you’re at normal or higher risk for a variety of conditions like inherited breast cancer, colon cancer, and heart issues.
AncestryHealth® Allows You To Understand Your Genetic Risks and Stay One Step Ahead
Which types of cancer should be on your radar? Does your DNA put you at greater risk for cardiomyopathy? AncestryHealth® can detect 80% or more of the known DNA differences linked to the following conditions:
- Breast cancer
- Colon cancer
- Heart risks
- High cholesterol
- Blood clots
The more you know about your risks for these conditions, the easier it is to get out of ahead of any problems detected. AncestryHealth® allows you to make more informed health decisions.
What’s Included On Your AncestryHealth® Report?
AncestryHealth® reports are designed to be easy to understand. They provide clear, actionable steps that you can take along with your healthcare provider to help you chart a healthier life. The reports also give you access to additional resources to help you take those necessary steps.
NGS technology looks for thousands of DNA differences in your genes that are linked to certain inherited health conditions. Your AncestryHealth® report will give you your specific results. Those results are then used along with the family health information that you provide before activating your kit to produce your health report associated with a specific health condition. The current reports included with AncestryHealth® are:
- Cancer Risk
- Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer
- Expanded breast cancer panel*
- Lynch Syndrome (colon cancer risk)
- Expanded colon cancer panel*
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Tay-Sachs Disease
Connective Tissue Disorders
- Classical Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
- Familial Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection
- Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
- Marfan Syndrome
- Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Heart & Blood Health
- Cardiomyopathy (heart disease risk)
- Familial Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol risk)
- Hereditary Hemochromatosis (iron overload risk)
- Hereditary Thrombophilia (blood clot risk)
- Alcohol Flush
- Caffeine Metabolism
- Endurance Fitness*
- Muscle Fatigue*
- Heart Rate Recovery*
- Lactose Intolerance
- Muscle Composition
- Nutrients Panel
- Sports Injury: Stress Fracture Risk*
- VO2 Max*
*Included in 2020 purchase of AncestryHealth®, but distributed separately.
AncestryHealth® Provides Access to More Resources
AncestryHealth® doesn’t just test your DNA for your health risks. The kit also provides access to certified genetic counselors through a partnership with PWNHealth, an independent group of board-certified physicians and genetic counselors. AncestryHealth® also offers interactive webinars, direct messaging, and one-on-one counseling, when appropriate.
The healthcare professionals can explain to you any notable findings from your test, and they guide you on your next steps. The reports are also easy to print and email, so you can share them with your healthcare provider.
The Family Health History Tool
Track generations of your family’s health with the Family Health History Tool from AncestryHealth®. Designed by geneticists, the tool helps document family health history and uncover genetic risk for conditions that run in the family.
Knowing your chances allows you to be proactive with your healthcare so you can stay healthy. The more you know about your family health history, the better choices you can make for yourself and your family.
Easy to use, the Family Health History Tool walks you through the process of adding names and health conditions for all of your close family members. Search for over 200 of the most common health conditions that run in families. The Family Health History Tool also provides tips for gathering this information.
AncestryHealth® makes sure that your family’s health information is secure and kept private using two-step verification. Additionally, the downloaded version of your family health history does not divulge family members’ names.
The Role of Genetics When Determining Risk
Genetics is just one of many factors that can be linked to a developing condition. If a variant in your DNA is found for a particular condition, it means that you have a higher chance of developing the health issue tied to that condition. At the same time, if no variants are found in your AncestryHealth® report, the chance of you developing a health issue can’t be ruled out.
Consult your healthcare provider before taking any actions based on your AncestryHealth® report.
Don’t Miss Something Important!
Be proactive with your healthcare in 2021 with AncestryHealth®. When it comes to your health, you don’t want to miss something important. Knowing your risk means you can work with your healthcare provider to get the screenings needed for early detection.