Dr. Phil Learns More About His Genetic Risks with MyHeritage DNA

Dr. Phil Learns More About His Genetic Risks with MyHeritage DNA

After 17 seasons and nearly 20,000 guests, television personality Dr. Phil recently celebrated his 3,000th episode. He just took a MyHeritage DNA Health  test to learn more about his genetic risks.

In December 2018, Dr. Phil took a MyHeritage DNA test and discovered previously unknown details about his family history. MyHeritage returned to Dr. Phil’s set this past week to present him with the results of his MyHeritage DNA Health  test and discuss his genetic risks. MyHeritage genetics consultant, Jessica Greenwood, MS, LGC, joined Dr. Phil on air to share his results with him.

Watch the full segment here:

Dr. Phil’s results

Jessica helped break down Dr. Phil’s health reports.

The test revealed that he has an average risk for 11 conditions including Crohn’s disease, heart disease, late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, late-onset Parkinson’s disease, and age-related macular degeneration among others. This means that his genetic risk for these conditions is the same as that of the general population, and not out of the ordinary.

Dr. Phil learned that he has a significantly decreased risk of developing celiac disease — an autoimmune disorder that causes sensitivity to gluten. People like him who lack the specific genetic variant related to celiac have nearly 0% chance of developing the disease.

Although the test determined that he has a slightly decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Dr. Phil actually has type 2 diabetes. Even if your genetic risk estimate is average, or below average, it’s important to be aware that there are other factors, such as lifestyle and environment, that can contribute to the risk for developing a specific condition.

MyHeritage Health

The MyHeritage DNA Health  test offers insights to enrich your life, enlighten you about your health, and help you make informed lifestyle choices. The results include dozens of personalized and easy-to-understand health reports as well as all the features included with the original MyHeritage DNA test, including ethnicity estimates, matching to relatives based on shared DNA, the chromosome browser, and others.

MyHeritage is unique in that it helps users from around the world bridge their past, present, and future. Are you looking to discover more about your genetic health risks? Purchase the test or upgrade your existing MyHeritage DNA test.


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  • Nikki Köhly

    November 7, 2019

    Some people I know say they don’t want to do the Health + Ancestry test because it could lead to higher health insurance costs. They also mentioned the concern that this information could easily be leaked out or extracted (either directly or indirectly) so health insurance companies could charge higher premiums. Your thoughts on this?

    • E


      November 10, 2019

      Hi Nikki,

      MyHeritage is the only consumer DNA company that has pledged to never sell data to insurance companies. This restriction covers all circumstances.

      Esther /MyHeritage Team

  • Anastasia

    November 7, 2019

    I have the same answers in my health test as DrPhyl except of diabetes… We are not related. A bit strange that these tests can come out so muchthe same…

  • Janice Marie RYER Wheeler

    November 7, 2019

    Very Interesting!

  • FS

    Fran Seguin

    November 7, 2019

    DNA tests can help Adopted people with there health questions on there parents. As most agencies do not tell us who our parents are. Some are starting to give info now but not without a long wait. So I am very happy that I had mine done as in 45 no information was given and with the war ending it was difficult.
    This is from a war accident in 1945.

  • Fatima Ashton

    November 8, 2019

    I am very interesting doing the Heath DNA

  • Sarah Stapleton

    November 8, 2019

    I have done the ancestry but interested in the health one.

  • Larry roy Rogers

    November 9, 2019

    hi this is larry rogers I am try to fined out a bout my rel family in texas

  • Marlene Latham

    November 9, 2019

    O interesting….even though I am 84 years old I am still curious about my family,

  • James V. clark

    November 9, 2019

    I would like to do my DNA test. How do I proceed?

  • Rita Davey

    November 9, 2019

    I myself have had the Regular DNA. I was adopted at an early age. I found out through DNA just where my family came from. I found out that they lived at the very top of Montreal. They were native and landed at a small island and they crossed to the lake to get to land. This they called Island by the Shore and they were Soshoni. My surname had been changed bc when my grandfather left he made his way to Napanee. He changed his surname then bc people didn’t want Natives around. From there he traveled to a small village, met my grandmother and they had arnd 9 children, one being my father. There were 2 in the family that kept the original name. I have one Sister who always stayed close to me. I was told at 9yrs of age that I was adopted.
    My sister gave me much info about family illness’. Now I can’t afford to pay for Medical issues so I can only go by my Sister. I just found the Ancestry DNA was amazing and I know that if anyone has done the Medical DNA you to will be amazed. They are right on the money!
    Enjoy the DNA everyone! I was amazed!

  • Jessica

    November 10, 2019

    I was at this taping!


    November 10, 2019

    I subscribed to ancestry and like it, but do not know how t continue
    would like to have my “health risks” done.

  • Patricia Renka

    May 9, 2020

    I would like to add that I also took a MyHeritage DNA test to reveal my ethnicity and to find DNA matches, etc. I am very pleased with my results from it. I wish though that they would allow me to view a DNA match’s DNA to mine like Ancestry does.