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DNA health test

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TooSmittle Wed 08-Feb-17 21:55:03

DP got an Ancestry DNA test for Christmas. He's very into his family history so it makes sense. He has the option of downloading his full profile (is that what it's called? I'm not sure) and then uploading to another site and getting a health profile - just a list of risks and and genetic predispositions to various diseases and cancers.

It makes perfect sense to me to do it, I would. The thinking being that if it turned out I had higher risks for something I could perhaps change my lifestyle and be more vigilant about my health in that particular area. Mitigate the risk somewhat I suppose.

DP said absolutely not. He doesn't want to know and would feel like he was living with a ticking time bomb if something was flagged.

Has anyone ever done a DNA health screen and how did it make you feel afterwards? AIBU to try and persuade him to get it done? I'd like him to be around as long as possible!

justilou Thu 09-Feb-17 00:21:05

Honestly? I don't want to do this because I don't want it being used against me by insurance companies in the future. It's all a bit Gattaca for me.

VestalVirgin Thu 09-Feb-17 00:36:42

If he is not the kind of person who would take action, and more the type of person who would worry, but do nothing, it is probably better not to know.

TooSmittle Thu 09-Feb-17 00:42:31

Both very good points, thank you. I hadn't even considered the insurance angle.

Vestal he wouldn't do anything. In fact he'd be all "I'm going to die so might as well enjoy it, pass me another bacon sandwich".

I think I'll let it go!

GangstaRat Thu 09-Feb-17 00:43:25

Do very careful research, most of the companies offering these services are not legit.

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