We’re all looking forward to the day when we can go to the doctors and take a simple DNA test that will predict future ailments and diseases so they can be treated in advance. DNA testing has come a long way and although we’re not at that level of predictability yet, there are a growing number of services that offer DNA analysis, prediction of disease risks and what medicines may give you trouble.
DNA testing has limitations and we need to remember that genetic testing can only tell you what scientists know about the DNA included in the tests. They can’t tell you anything about the DNA that the test doesn’t cover or things hidden in the DNA that scientists haven’t figured out yet.
Prometheus.com is a third-party tool that uses your DNA test results from Ancestry.com, 23andme and familytreeDNA to provide a DNA Health Data Report.
According to their website; “Biomedical researchers, healthcare practitioners and customers of DNA testing services (such as 23andMe, Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeDNA, etc.) use Promethease to retrieve information published about their DNA variations. Most reports cost $5 and are produced in under 10 minutes. Much larger data files cost $10 and have increased runtime.”
Below are two Snips of a sample report that you can view on their site:
You can print your report and share it with your doctor so that they may include it with your medical records and adjust your scheduled physicals for any identified risks.
Of course, there is always more you can do to predict hereditary medical traits. As you research your family history, you should also identify causes of death of your family members and track them on a spreadsheet. This additional information could also reveal common causes of illness and death in your family and provide you and your doctor additional information to include with your medical records and check-ups.
Below is an example of information included in death certificates:
So, while science hasn’t reached the point where we can pinpoint the illnesses we will have, great strides have been made in providing us information to use in a preventive medical plan to help predict the medical conditions we may encounter.
A genealogist can help you create a genealogical based medical history profile. For more information, contact me at email@example.com.