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What Peter Attia Really Thinks About DNA Test Kits

Plus, which ones he’d recommend.


p until a few years ago, if you wanted to test your genetic risk for diseases that could shorten your life, you’d have to ask your primary care physician to run in-office diagnostics. Now, at-home DNA test kits make assessing biomarkers easy and convenient. But sorting through the noise yourself and choosing a kit that will tell you exactly what you want to know about your health can be tricky. 

In a recent Ask Me Anything episode on The Drive podcast, longevity expert Peter Attia, M.D., explains how to evaluate over-the-counter genetic tests, so you get the most bang—and the most useful health insights—for your buck. 

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The Best DNA Test Kits, Per Peter Attia

Not all direct-to-consumer DNA tests target the same biomarkers. Attia analyzed the six most popular tests based on factors like their sequencing of single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs (the small variations in the sequence of your genes that can determine your risk for disease), cost, privacy, and more. Here’s how they stack up.