Dr Oz: At-Home DNA Health Tests – Do They Really Work?
Dr. Oz says there are many at-home DNA tests that promise to reveal your risk for the diseases you fear most, but are they accurate? Dr. Oz wanted to know if you can really trust the results of these tests so he asked investigative reporter Elisabeth Leamy to conduct her own test to see which ones really work and which ones are just a waste of money.
Dr Oz: DNA Health Kits Review
Elisabeth Leamy recruited two volunteers to try out a couple popular DNA testing kits, one that promises to reveal your risk for obesity and offer exercise advice and another that claims to assess your risk for having a heart attack. Both come with a hefty price tag of $160, but are they worth it?
DNA Heart Test – A woman named Amie took this test and the results claimed she is 3 times more likely to suffer a heart attack, which may or may not be true, especially since she leads a very healthy and active lifestyle that includes teaching fitness classes.
DNA Diet Test – Caroline says she has tried every diet under the sun, so she thought taking this test would give her a little insight. Elisabeth Leamy shared her results, which say she should do medium intensity workouts, eat a Mediterranean Diet, add Calcium, Folic Acid, Vitamins B6, B12, and D to her diet while decreasing her intake of salt, fat, and caffeine. Caroline says the information she learned was not anything she did not already know and Dr. Oz even called it pretty general, which is pretty unsatisfying.
Dr. Wendy Chung explains that while there are very good and reliable genetic DNA health tests, including ones that reveal certain types of cancer and heart disease risk, but others are way to general with vague results that are not necessarily very helpful.
Dr Oz: Does Dr Oz Recommend Home DNA Tests?
Dr. Oz says even though DNA home-testing is promising, it is premature for today and he believes they need to be closely monitored by the FDA in order to provide patients with accurate information. In the event you do decide to purchase and try an at-home testing kit Dr. Oz strongly recommends you have a doctor help you with interpreting the results.