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 + Ancestry 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 + Ancestry 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 + Ancestry 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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