Update on AncestryDNA Health Tests Ending – April 8, 2021

Standard Disclaimer:

I am not a medical health professional and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as medical advice.

I mentioned in this post and an earlier post that Ancestry was discontinuing AncestryDNA Health tests – Update on AncestryDNA Health Tests Ending – January 16, 2021. I ordered the Ancestry Health upgrade on January 15, 2021. So far, it’s still in the sample processing stage. They have not moved to the Extracting DNA stage at this point. The last two stages are Analyzing DNA and Health Reports Ready. So far, they have 14 reports listed.

5 reports on Exercise and Fitness – Endurance Fitness, Heart Rate Recovery, Muscle Composition, Muscle Fatigue, and VO2 Max; 3 reports on Food and Drink – Alcohol Flush (don’t drink so don’t know if it’s accurate), Caffeine Consumption, and Lactose Intolerance (claims I am not likely Lactose Intolerant, but sometimes I am slightly lactose intolerant – most days drinking milk isn’t a problem, but some days I do have a slight lactose intolerance issue); and 6 reports on Vitamins and Nutrients – Beta-Carotene, Omega-3, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.

I still agree with my comment in that post and the earlier post:

“My problem with the various health kits offered by 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and MyHeritageDNA is they don’t test enough markers. With BRCA cancer markers, there are over 1,000 known markers, but none of these companies test all of those markers. The companies test a fraction of the known markers and give you results based on the markers they test. Ideally, they would test all the known markers which could significantly raise the price of the Health test. On the plus side, this would give you a more reasonable likelihood to determine if you are at risk of getting cancer or any other medical condition”.

Plus, DNA only plays a fairly small part in your likelihood of developing a medical condition. Other environmental factors play a much larger risk.

They still offer the AncestryDNA Traits update which is $20.00 more than the basic kit. However, you can upgrade it for the same $20.00 if it’s offered in your area. In the same way, Ancestry never pushed the Traits upgrade or kit. I believe the Traits are included if you ordered the Health version or upgrade. Time will tell if I am correct on this belief. If nothing else, it’s only $20 to upgrade if I am mistaken. Based on the traits listed, https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/Frequently-Asked-Questions-About-AncestryDNA-Traits#:~:text=AncestryDNA%C2%AE%20currently%20offers%20a,type%2C%20cilantro%20aversion%2C%20sweet%20taste:

AncestryDNA® currently offers a total of 30 traits: birth weight, eye color, iris pattern, hair color, hair curl, earlobe shape, male hair loss, skin pigmentation, freckles, asparagus metabolite detection, bitter taste perception, unibrow, hair strand thickness, hair type, earwax type, cilantro aversion, sweet taste perception, savory taste perception, cleft chin, finger length, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, omega-3, birth weight, photic sneeze reflex (sun sneezing), wisdom teeth, sprinter gene, caffeine consumption, alcohol flush, lactose tolerance, and facial hair thickness. Some of the above are already included – I bolded the ones that I have results for already.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's collaborateDealspotr.com
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