Give The Gift of Knowing How To Avoid Genetic Health Issues With AncestryHealth Core™
Years ago I remember my mom discovering Ancestry.com where she was able to put together a family tree. She had all these old pictures of my maternal grandmother’s family with names and dates written on the back. It was so fascinating to discover generations and generations of her family. As time went on though, she hit a hard stop. There wasn’t much more information she had to go off of to keep going. Over the years, I grew an interest in trying to discover more of our family tree. I was able to get a little farther with more people using Ancestry.com. Now with even more advanced technology, there became a DNA test available that could link you with potential family all around the world, as well as show you a little more about where you are from. But now AncestryHealth has an amazing new product that digs much deeper!
AncestryHealth Core™ DNA Health Test Kit reveals so much more! This kit gives you all the benefits of AncestryDNA® plus you get a snapshot of your genetics. Based on a select set of health conditions along with tools and resources to help you plan the next steps with a healthcare provider—from lifestyle changes to consulting genetic counselors. With this kit, you simply give a sample of your saliva in an easy-to-use tube. Secure the lid where it will add a solution to preserve your saliva. Seal it in the provided bag, and then in the provided box to mail out. That’s it! Within 6-8 weeks, you will unlock information about your genetics and possible health concerns.
Benefits Of AncestryHealth Core™
Health and Wellness Report
You’ll get reports based on a carefully selected set of health conditions. They give you clear, understandable information and actionable paths that could lead to better health, with the help of a healthcare provider.
Guidance and Resources
They work with PWNHealth which offers educational resources and access to genetic counselors to help you understand your results and make smart choices for the future.
Family Health History Tool
Many conditions are passed down from one generation to the next. Their family health history tool makes it easy to securely create, save, and share that information with a healthcare provider. Viewing your health history in this way can show you a clearer picture of potential health conditions that may run in your family.
Origins and Ethnicity
Discover your ethnic origins from over 1000 regions. With precise geographic detail and fascinating historical insights, we connect you to the places in the world where your story started—from specific regions to living relatives.
How Does It Work?
Completing the kit from the comfort of your home is super simple! Ancestry makes it hassle-free to give your saliva sample and pop is right in the mail! Before sending your sample, be sure to activate your DNA kit either via the app or by calling. With the easy 4-step instructions, you can get your sample in the mail in less than 5 minutes! They provide you with everything you need: instructions, saliva sample tube, sample storage bag, and prepaid mailing box.
Who Is Eligible For AncestryHealth?
You’ll be required to complete a quick confidential questionnaire that an independent team of physicians uses to determine your eligibility*. You’ll need to meet these prerequisites:
- You’re 18 or older
- You’ve never received a bone marrow or stem cell transplant
- You live in the U.S., with the exception of New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island
Q&A with Marjan Champine – Genetic Counselor for AncestryHealth
Marjan Champine is the Genetic Counselor for Ancestry Health and she has answered some of the most frequently asked questions in regards to AncestryHealth.
What are the benefits of genetic testing and how will AncestryHealth provide the information?
Genetic testing can provide a snapshot about your health and your health risks. But, your genes are not your destiny. Armed with this information, there are powerful choices and actions you can take to improve your health, and your family’s health, now, and in the future.
As part of the AncestryHealth experience, every customer will receive both physician-oriented reports and clear, concise and easy-to-understand consumer-oriented reports that explain their genetic test results. These reports include key takeaways that may inform follow-up or additional screenings and are built to empower people to take action – in partnership with their healthcare provider – on identified health risks that are treatable and even in some cases, preventable.
How can your family history and risk factors impact your health?
Your family history may hold important clues about your health. That’s because families share genetics – but we also share other factors such as diet, lifestyle, and environment. Family history is often still referred to as the “first genetic test” because it combines these risk factors and can provide important insights into your health.
That’s why, as part of the AncestryHealth services, our members have access to a secure platform where you can keep track of your family health history all in one place. We’ve made it easy to fill out your family health history, print it, and share it with your healthcare provider so you can focus on engaging in important conversations about how to improve your health using this information as a foundation.
By combining the unique information found in your genes with knowledge of your family history, we are providing our customers and their healthcare providers with the unprecedented opportunity to manage personal health and potentially mitigate the risk of future health and wellness conditions.
Why is AncestryHealth providing these services with actionable insights now?
We are at an inflection point where the technology is available, genetic insights are clinically actionable, and people are ready. Our members have been asking for this information for a long time and we wanted to make sure that if we were going to provide these services it would be in the right way. We invested time talking to leaders across the health ecosystem to understand what is working well and what needs to improve so that we could create a meaningful and supportive experience.
I’m proud to share that we’ve achieved that with AncestryHealth, and this is just the beginning of the journey. AncestryHealth services include genetic tests and partnerships that provide actionable health insights as well as VIP-level support, which is included in the experience. This support consists of access to genetic counselors, digital content that is available to you on-demand, easy to understand reports, and printable fact sheets designed to facilitate conversations with your family and your healthcare provider. We have worked hard to create an entire ecosystem that is centered around our members and their healthcare providers and we are thrilled to announce that the time is Now.
What role will your physician play?
The AncestryHealth experience is very much focused on you and your health and, of course, your physician plays a big role. Because we recognize that, we included physician-ready reports that you can take to your healthcare provider that summarize your genetic test results as well as clinical guidelines and next steps, if appropriate. You can use this information as a launching pad to quickly engage your physician in helpful conversations about your health and how to continue to improve it.
What are some potential health risks that might be discovered?
AncestryHealth includes actionable insights on health conditions such as heart disease, hereditary cancers, and blood-related disorders such as abnormal blood clots and high cholesterol. There are a total of nine genetic health conditions included in AncestryHealth Core™. With the AncestryHealth Plus™ membership, your DNA will be analyzed by next-generation sequencing, which is a much more powerful technology, and you will also have access to additional health insights continuously throughout the year.
How can this information lead to a healthier outcome in 2020?
The more you know about your genetic risk factors, including your family health history, the more you can take proactive steps, in collaboration with your healthcare provider. Taking this information and sharing it with your healthcare provider is important so that, together, you can create a personalized plan of action for a healthier 2020.
What’s your resolution for 2020?
I am always looking for fun ways to improve my health! So, as part of that goal, my resolution this year is to spend more quality time with my family, share stories about our history, and keep a record of our health history all in one place using AncestryHealth’s secure Family Health History platform.
I am so excited to get my results back from AncestryHealth! Not only to get a glimpse into my family history, but also give myself a leg up on any health issues that may be passed down from my ancestors. I am perplexed at the amazing technology and brilliant scientists that are able to do this genetic testing. My ancestors would never even believe this was ever possible. I love that I will get a clearer picture of potential health conditions that may run in my family, this way I can start a healthier path forward. This is also super exciting to get to see where a lot of my family is from. I have traced all the way back to my 3 times great grandfather on my maternal grandmother’s side, but there is so much more to discover. Most noteworthy to me is getting to see my progress right from the app. It goes all the way from activating my kit to my sample being received, DNA being analyzed and finally to my results being ready to view! How awesome!
Have you ever wondered what your family health history might be? It’s always a worry when thinking about how your family’s recent health history can affect your future. With this DNA Health testing, it will empower you to do something more, like talking to your physician and getting health screenings a little earlier. You have more control now than ever before, and generations forward. I have 2 young children, and I want to make sure I am here as long as possible for them. This will also give them a chance to understand their future health as well. Getting to see everything about my family history from where they are from, to their health is simply amazing. I couldn’t do any of this without AncestryHealth Core.
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