The vast majority of the people who are trying to analyze ancestry DNA raw data results from 23andme, Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), Living DNA etc., and other raw DNA data providers are completely unaware that the ancestry DNA raw data also contains vast amounts of information about their health aspects such as diet, nutrition, obesity, diabetes, fitness, allergies, weight loss, detox analysis, skincare etc. Those who are aware are mostly familiar with Promethease, a company that gained popularity after the FDA ban on 23andme providing health reports to customers. With the FDA ban, there was a huge demand for alternative 23andme health report providers and Promethease was positioned well to benefit well from this development.
Fast forward to 2018, the landscape of alternative health report providers and third-party tools has matured significantly. A number of options are available to people with 23andme raw data and data from other ancestry DNA test providers. These options are well covered in our recent blog titled 10 Amazing Tools For 23andme Raw Data Analysis.
In this blog, we address, what more and what else you can do with your ancestry DNA test raw data? This blog will open up a number of possibilities to those who wish to explore their 23andme ancestry test raw data to the fullest.
This is a concept most users of 23andme are familiar with. Arguably, this is one of the motivations for people to opt to get their ancestry DNA test raw data from 23andme in lieu of AncestryDNA.com, FTDNA and other ancestry DNA test and raw data providers. 23andme used to provide a health report before the FDA ban on their health results. 23andme now provides a significantly scaled down version of the DNA health reports which are approved by the FDA for $99. However, a lot more health info can be gained from the ancestry DNA test raw data that you obtain from 23andme. Health conditions like hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases and obesity are all manageable and very much preventable when detected early. A number of genetic markers have been discovered for a variety of other health conditions, ranging from cancer to autoimmune conditions. Learning about your genetic predisposition helps you keep a tab on early symptoms and take preemptive action. Companies like Xcode Life analyze your ancestry DNA raw data. A comparison between Xcode Life and Promethease as third-party tools for raw data analysis have been done previously.
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The gene diet or gene nutrition health report is a revelation to many who hear about it for the first time. Nutrition has a profound impact on human health. Several aspects of nutrition are genetically influenced. Aspects such as Lactose Intolerance and Gluten Intolerance are familiar to many people, however, there are several more aspects that are genetically influenced. Once you understand your genetic nutritional tendencies, you can align your dietary habits accordingly, which will help you eliminate many of the genetic food intolerance and sensitivity related symptoms that people experience chronically and help you maintain optimum body weight. This is a useful set of insights to get from your ancestry DNA test genetic data.
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Human physical attributes are clearly genetically influenced, for example, height is largely genetic, so is wingspan and flexibility, etc. What is less known is that several other attributes such as red blood cell count, heart capacity, lung capacity, muscle strength, testosterone levels, lean mass all have significantly genetically influenced. Additionally, whether you are largely built for endurance type of activities or sprint or power type activities is also genetically influenced. So, whether you are an amateur or professional sportsperson or just someone who is regular at the gym to keep themselves healthy, gene fitness health report from your ancestry DNA test raw data has information about you that will help you align your activities with your genes.
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The ancestry DNA test can give you information about your global ancestry composition. The human species, though spread across the globe today have all migrated from a single region deduced to be Africa. In every sense, we are all related and share our genetic material but in different proportions. This is called the ancestry composition. The more the number of datasets for each population, the more detailed your reports. For example, 23andme ancestry DNA test is good for Europeans and North Americans but severely insufficient for South Asians. This can be attributed to the fact that their customer base is largely from those regions. Xcode Life now offers ancestry reports with a detailed break-up of the South Asian population and also information on relationships with the closest ethnic groups. You can also follow your ancestry DNA down to your most recent maternal and paternal ancestors. Males have a Y chromosome that females don’t. By tracking the transference of the Y chromosome in reverse it is possible to locate your most recent paternal ancestor. Similarly your maternal ancestor. Just like the Y chromosome, all humans get a type of DNA that is passed on only through the mother and this is located in another place in the cell. Another interesting insight you can get from your ancestry test is your Neanderthal constitution. Currently, human beings are the only single-species vertebrate in the world. Neanderthals, a species of humans who vanished from the face of earth 40,000 years ago live on in our DNAs since they inbred with Homo sapiens (us). How much of them do you have in your DNA? What have they left in you? This easily makes ancestry DNA information a fascinating aspect you can get out of your ancestry DNA test raw data. People who have undergone ancestry DNA testing from one company, also get their data reanalyzed to see if more information can be found at reanalysis.
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Those of us who are allergic to anything can relate to the nightmarish experience that seemingly harmless entities can cause. Taking a walk outdoors in spring turns into a violent episode of sneezing and red-eyes and you brush it off as a common cold. Allergy information can also be extracted from ancestry DNA raw data. Close to 20-25% of the adrenaline administrations in schools happen because the allergies were unknown at the time of the reaction. More than 170 foods have been found to instigate allergic reactions in the body. Some of the common food allergies come from milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and crustacean shellfish. You can learn about your susceptibility to these allergens by analyzing your ancestry DNA raw data. These are only food allergies. An estimated 10% of the population is allergic to objects like pollen, animal dander, droppings of cockroaches and contact with dust mites. Though most allergies only cause a temporary hyper-response, anaphylaxis, that kills around 200 Americans a year (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network), is irreversible if not treated right away with adrenalin since it leads. You can also learn about your susceptibility to these by analyzing your ancestry DNA raw data. Genetic allergy testing becomes a life-saving decision. Wouldn’t it be good to know about your allergic susceptibilities earlier, so that you can be prepared for such situations? You can now extract this information from your ancestry DNA test raw data. Using hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific literature third-party tools examine a bunch of genetic markers corresponding to each type of allergy. Based on which variant of the gene you have, your body is at a higher or lower risk of invoking an exaggerated response to an allergen. This keeps you alert and helps you take the necessary precautions like avoiding certain foods, saying no to tattoos or other such simple proactive measures to help avoid an allergic reaction. The Xcode Life genetic test, along with well known common allergies, also covers lesser known forms of allergies like misophonia which is an intolerance to steady repetitive sounds like pencil tapping or a dripping tap and food intolerances like histamine sensitivity.
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Another useful thing to do with your ancestry DNA test raw data is to align your skincare with your genetics. Skin is one of the most dynamic organs in the body which interacts with environmental agents like sunlight (ultraviolet radiation), pollutants, chemicals and internal factors like hormonal regulation. For example, each of us will display a different kind of reaction on exposure to light. This information can be extracted from your ancestry DNA raw data. Some skin types are immune to strong light but others develop rosacea characterized by red skin eruptions. This is often misdiagnosed as acne and hence becomes worse with time because it is not given specific treatment. Another example is the development of cellulite or orange peel syndrome that manifests as skin dimpling and nodularity commonly in the abdomen and pelvic regions which affects about 85-98% women. Your susceptibility to cellulite is influenced by the type of gene variants you have in your ancestry DNA results. Even how much you tan is genetically influenced! Now you can see why generic face creams and medications fail no matter how many times you change the brand. Now that you already have your ancestry DNA test raw data why not put it to good use and find out your genetic susceptibilities to these avoidable and well manageable skin conditions.
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According to industry statistics, on average more than 50% of medications prescribed today do not benefit those who take them. Precision medicine through genetics promises to deliver right drug at the right dose to the right patient using your ancestry DNA data. You can now learn about your genetic polymorphisms that impact the majority of the drugs you consume on a regular basis from pain medications to blood thinners.
And what do you need for getting this precious information from your DNA data? Once you analyze ancestry DNA raw data you can download the raw data file that has most of the information necessary to create your precision medicine drug sensitivity report. There are companies which specialize in precision reports such as Genelex, Admera, and Xcode Life Sciences and there are others that specialize in specific aspects of precision medicine drug sensitivity reports such as Genomind, which focuses on Psychiatry reports.
Other than serious things like health, allergy, diet, and fitness there are a number of recreational things you can do with once you analyze ancestry DNA raw data. After all, you are the sole owner of your genetic information, why not do some fun stuff with it? It is relevant to mention here that before you upload your ancestry DNA information onto any of these do go through their privacy policies and ensure that your information would not be misused. With DNA Romance is an online platform for singles looking for life-partners based on chemistry and personality. Personality Genie is an interesting app that reveals a unique view of yourself from your ancestry DNA test raw data.
Please bear in mind that the vast majority of human traits are not influenced by a single gene. Rather, they are a combination of smaller effects produced by a number of genes. When you order a report from any entity, you must bear in mind that these are based on likelihood, meaning, the effect was observed on a group of individuals, who also happen to carry genetic variants that you carry. However, whether or not you will see the same effect is dependent on a number of factors which science has not fully mapped out yet. So, use this information in that context and do not be alarmed when you see concerning information. Genetics is an additional data point in the vast array of data points that make up the complex entity called human health. Genetics should be considered as additional information to be added to your analysis, not a diagnosis.